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RE: Eat this RIAA (or, the war has begun?) - Why not all ISPs?
- From: N. Richard Solis
- Date: Thu Aug 22 15:40:16 2002
I agree. Many laws require that the intent be examined to determine guilt.
You can't be dinged if your intent wasn't to keep Sony out but to ensure
that you get paid.
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of
Vincent J. Bono
Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2002 3:27 PM
To: N. Richard Solis; David Schwartz; email@example.com
Subject: Re: Eat this RIAA (or, the war has begun?) - Why not all ISPs?
Of course if TRW, Equifax, and that other credit bureau I can never remember
listed Sony as a bad credit risk then virtually anyone could refuse them
service, whether it was true or not. How's that for ironic.
----- Original Message -----
From: "N. Richard Solis" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "David Schwartz" <email@example.com>; <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2002 3:18 PM
Subject: RE: Eat this RIAA (or, the war has begun?) - Why not all ISPs?
> IANAL but I the way I understand the law is that collusion among different
> companies to exclude another company from a particular enterprise can be
> considered antitrust. In a practical sense, the exclusion must be
> "effective" in that the excluded company would find it impossible to
> compete. A lot of smaller providers telling Sony to take a hike might not
> meet the definition but all of the large networks getting together to keep
> Soony sans Internet might do the trick. Once again, IANAL.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of
> David Schwartz
> Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2002 2:59 PM
> To: email@example.com
> Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: Eat this RIAA (or, the war has begun?) - Why not all ISPs?
> > Generic question related to this:
> > Can ISP's arbitrarily refuse to give service to someone who tries
> > to sign up? i.e. if everyone refused to give Sony service could they
> > sue on some sort of discrimination/collusion charge?
> > Do ISP/ASP/*SP's HAVE to provide services if someone knocks on the
> > door requesting them or can they refuse for any reason what so ever?
> > Any armchair lawyers, who play one on TV, have the/an answer?
> > -Rob
> As far as I know, yes, any company can refuse to do business with any
> individual or company with very few exceptions. This even applies to
> monopolists, providing their monopoly is legally acquired and they haven't
> entered into any contracts to the contrary. The only exceptions I know of
> involve either true discrimination unrelated to the transaction (such as
> racial discrimination) or life, health and safety issues.