September 17, 2003

Amy Harmon on the Verizon Appeal [8:29 am]

A little more on the hearing yesterday: In Court, Verizon Challenges Music Industry’s Subpoenas [pdf]

As Congress intensifies its scrutiny of the special subpoenas that the recording industry is using to track down and sue people who share music over the Internet, a federal appeals court panel questioned today whether legislators had intended the subpoenas to be used in such a way.

But the three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia also had tough questions for Verizon, which is challenging the record industry’s interpretation of a 1998 law that allows copyright holders to force Internet service providers to identify customers suspected of copyright infringement.

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