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P2P wins one in SCOTUS!

Forgive me for geeking out here for a moment, but the Supreme Court has just refused to hear an appeal by the Recoding Industry Association of America. Basically, the RIAA wanted to coerce ISP's into handing over lists of internet users who were suspecting of downloading copyrighted material over P2P networks, without having to bother with filing a pesky lawsuit or any such bothersome inconvenience.

Verizon, the ISP in this case, and a U.S. Appeals court, told the RIAA to go to hell. So now, apparently, has SCOTUS. It may be only a small step toward reforming onerous digital copyright laws, but at least it's a step in the right direction.

I think I'll celebrate tonight, with

  • beer,
  • a cigar,
  • and downloading some Springsteen tunes.

Actually, I've already got most of the Boss's music, but he's really starting to piss me off lately.