EFF’s helped win another victory this week! We filed a brief in RIAA vs Charter, a case where the music industry was asserting the legal right to require your ISP to turn over your information if you’d been accused of copyright infringement — rather than waiting until they’d proven their case. The court ruled in Charter’s favor yesterday, saying that just because you’ve been accused of infringement, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have the due process right to privacy until you’ve been proven guilty.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), along with 21 other groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), and the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), filed a “friend of the court” brief in the Charter case, urging the Eighth Circuit to determine that the same strong protections applied to anonymous speech in other contexts also apply when copyright infringement is claimed but has not yet been proven. In a victory for privacy and anonymity, the Eighth Circuit determined that DMCA subpoenas could not be used to get this information.