Using the Internet to illegally copy and/or distribute software, which is an infringement of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (or DMCA) in the United States.
On June 11, 2003, Verizon told four of its Internet service customers that they could soon be hearing from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) regarding allegations that they traded copyrighted music online—in violation of the DMCA and an illustration of Internet piracy. Though Verizon challenged a subpoena requested by the RIAA to give it the identities of the alleged violators, Verizon lost in an appeals court and was given two weeks to comply with RIAA’s request. The subscribers were traced by the RIAA through their Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, which led the RIAA to the users’ Internet Provider, Verizon.
Graham, J. Privacy V. Internet Piracy. [Online, June 11, 2003.] Gannett Co., Inc. Website. http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/2003-06-11-privacy_x.htm.