DOJ Backs RIAA In Verizon Copyright Suit

In a major victory for record companies, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has sided with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in its ongoing lawsuit against Internet service provider Ve

In a major victory for record companies, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has sided with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in its ongoing lawsuit against Internet service provider Verizon Communications, Billboard Bulletin reports.

The RIAA has claimed that Verizon is obligated under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to identify a subscriber who had allegedly made more than 600 copyrighted music files available over the Internet without authorization. In its Friday brief with a federal court in Washington, D.C., the DOJ said First Amendment rights of third parties under the DMCA are not significantly compromised or impaired "so as to render this provision overbroad."

Matthew Oppenheim, RIAA senior VP of business and legal affairs, says the government's filing supports the notion that copyright owners are entitled to determine who is infringing their copyrights online, and "that entitlement passes Constitutional muster."

At deadline, a Verizon spokesperson could not be reached for comment.