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WASHINGTON - Verizon today is filing a motion in federal court to stay a judge's ruling that ordered the company to reveal the name of one of its Internet subscribers to the Recording Industry Association of America. In addition, as Verizon announced last week, the company will file notice of its appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals today.
Verizon is seeking the stay in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to preserve the privacy of its subscriber and to allow the U.S. Court of Appeals the opportunity to review the important statutory and constitutional issues raised in this case.
"Verizon will use every legal means to protect its subscribers' privacy," said John Thorne, senior vice president and deputy general counsel for Verizon. "The recording industry brought this case as a 'test case' of its aggressive legal theories. We are seeking a stay so that the Court of Appeals can issue a final ruling on the critical legal issues before we are required to turn over our subscriber's identity.
"If this ruling stands, consumers will be caught in a digital dragnet - not only from record companies alleging infringement of their copyright monopolies - but from anyone who can fill out a simple form," Thorne said.
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Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 135.8 million access line equivalents and 32.5 million Verizon Wireless customers. Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world. With more than $67 billion in annual revenues and 229,500 employees, Verizon's global presence extends to 33 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.
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