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Publisher Wants Verizon Customers' Data in Copyright Case

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

May 14, 2012

Verizon is challenging a book publisher that wants the IP addresses of 10 of its customers accused of illegally sharing electronic copies of a book. Verizon claims the information is "protected from disclosure by third parties' rights of privacy and protections guaranteed by the First Amendment," PCWorld reports. Attorneys for publisher John Wiley & Sons claim that in copyright infringement cases, the right to pursue a "meritorious copyright infringement claim" trumps constitutional rights. A federal district court judge will hear arguments on Verizon's actions during a May 14 conference call.
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