Threat to Democratic Ideals in Cyberspace: Lessons Learned From the Verizon v. RIAA Case

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

Fall 2005


The article focuses on the threats to democratic ideals in cyberspace. It reports that as part of its attempt to stop file sharing of copyrighted music over the Internet, Recording Industry Association of America Inc., (RIAA) issued hundreds of lawsuits in September 2003 against Internet users who downloaded and distributed substantial amounts of proprietary music on-line. RIAA contended that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) supported its demand. In the case of Milestones in Verizon v. RIAA, the Appeals Court noted that while it was sympathetic to those who hold music copyrights, it was not in the court's purview to rewrite the DMCA.