This is very good news for a number of reasons. First, it affirms that using a peer-to-peer file-sharing program does not automatically strip you of your right to privacy or anonymity on the Internet. Second, it’s an important check on the DMCA, which allows anyone simply claiming copyright infringement the ability to get your name, address, phone number, etc. Critical constitutional and privacy safeguards should not be removed wholesale on the mere assertion of wrongdoing.
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This decision means copyright holders and their representatives — or identity thieves and stalkers posing as copyright holders – will not be allowed to obtain personal information about Internet users by simply filing a one-page form with a court clerk,” said Sarah Deutsch, Verizon’s associate general counsel, in a statement.
Washington Post: Supreme Court Internet Privacy Decision: Chat with Verizon attorney Sarah Deutsch.