posted Mar 06, 2001

Napster Fallout: Privacy Loses?
Privacy from Companies
3/6/2001; 2:10:49 PM

'If Napster is ultimately ruled to be liable for copyright infringement, the frontlines of the intellectual property battle could shift to ISPs and end users. Experts say that could be bad news for online privacy....

'The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) already exempts ISPs from any obligation to monitor their networks for copyright violations, and absolves them of liability for transient files.

'Nevertheless, privacy and legal experts predict that the Napster decision will place increased pressure on ISPs to play a role in stopping illegal file sharing. At the least, they may face a new deluge of requests to identify users accused of copyright violation.'

 

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