U.S. District Judge Denny Chin of Manhattan ruled that Cablevision and other ISPs must hand over IP addresses of alleged file swappers to the Recording Industry Association of America. Judge Chin said that the First Amendment does not guarantee anonymity. His ruling only applies in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
The decision comes after a ruling by the Washington DC Appeals Court in December 2003, which said that the RIAA cannot force ISPs to identify subscribers swapping music online.
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