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Re: Eat this RIAA (or, the war has begun?) - Why not all ISPs?

  • From: alex
  • Date: Thu Aug 22 16:00:56 2002

> > 	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?
> 
> At my "day job", we routinely refuse service to a large number of people,
> based on our opinion as to whether the potential revenue stream is worth the 
> expected overheads (labor, bandwidth, etc).  It *alway* a *business
> decision* whether or not sell [a non-protected class] a product.

And it is also a business decision to risk being sued for refusing to
provide a product to a protected class or someone claiming to be a member of
a protected class. Even boards of NYC coops finally got that real-estate
laws do not superceed Bill of Rights. 

Alex





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