Big Media vs. Big Media

The Recording Industry Association of America is demanding that major internet service providers release a list of their customers to the RIAA, to aid in the industry’s prosecution of individuals engaged in illegal online file-sharing. But many of the ISPs, perhaps sensing something to be gained in taking “the people’s side” in the increasingly divisive debate over file-swapping, are refusing to release the lists and challenging the RIAA in court. The latest to sue is Charter Communications, citing its customers’ right to privacy as taking precedent over the requirements laid out in the infamous Digital Millenium Copyright Act.