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In Re Verizon Internet

United States District Court for the District of Columbia
257 F. Supp. 2d 244 (D.D.C. 2003)


Facts

The Recording Industry Association of America (plaintiff) issued a subpoena to Verizon Internet Services (Verizon) (defendant), seeking the identities of anonymous users who allegedly infringed copyrights by offering songs for downloading on the Internet. The Recording Industry Association of America cited §512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) as the authority for the subpoena request. Verizon sought to quash the subpoena, arguing that the subpoena authority in §512 of the DMCA was a violation of the Internet users’ First Amendment rights. Verizon also argued that the subpoena itself was overbroad and encompassed protected expression. Specifically, Verizon contended that the subpoena did not provide sufficient procedural protection for expressive rights.

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