CNET: Verizon Set To Cooperate With RIAA
November 13, 2009 at 5:02 AM (PT)
If you're a VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS customer who pirates music files, you may soon receive an unwelcome letter from the company, reports CNET. VERIZON is reportedly set to begin issuing "copyright notices" on behalf of the RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA to those accused of illegally downloading songs from the Web.
CNET writes "the sources, who asked for anonymity, said VERIZON's letter campaign is part of a test." The report also says the move is "significant for the music industry because among Internet service providers, VERIZON has typically been among the most reluctant to intervene in copyright cases on behalf of entertainment companies."
"We recognize the importance of copyright and the need to enforce those copyrights," a VERIZON spokesman said in a statement to CNET. "Without that enforcement, intellectual property won't be generated at all. At the same time, it's important for our customers to be assured that they won't have their privacy rights trampled."