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Plunging revenues suggest the recording industry has lost the battle to music swappers, but the companies may end up winning the war. D.C.-based U.S. District Judge John Bates ordered Verizon Communications on Thursday to reveal the names of customers suspected of downloading copyrighted songs without permission. Verizon plans to appeal. Earlier this week, two record labels sued venture capitalists who backed Napster for enabling infringement, and yet another suit, filed on April 3, targeted four downloading college students. … Judge Frank Easterbrook left little doubt about his views on a takings case that came before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The city of Galesburg, Ill., passed a law barring most outdoor advertising, but delayed implementation until 2009. Key Outdoor Inc. says the ordinance is an unconstitutional taking of property — an argument the city rejects. On Thursday, Easterbrook simply remanded the case for state court proceedings, but not before he compared the law to a hypothetical decree from the state of Illinois ordering all private property into state hands by 2100 without compensation. … All agree the judicial nominations process is broken, and the situation only gets more tense. On Thursday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer warned that environmentalists are going to join disability groups in opposing 6th Circuit nominee — and Jones Day partner — Jeffrey Sutton, while disability advocates plan a D.C. protest Tuesday, the day the Senate is to vote on Sutton. On Thursday The New York Times editorial writers took a shot at 9th Circuit nominee Carolyn Kuhl. … Attorney General John Ashcroft is holding fast to the policy of indefinite immigration holds on those deemed national security threats. In an opinion Ashcroft signed April 18 in relation to the case of a Haitian boat person seeking asylum, the AG wrote that “security considerations clearly constitute a reasonable foundation for the exercise of my discretion to deny release on bond.” – Bill Kisliuk [Editor's note: Easterbrook was originally misidentified here. The corrected text appears above.] Related links: Judge Rejects Constitutional Challenge Over Internet Music Downloading Key Outdoor Inc. and Robert Dahl v. City of Galesburg, Illinois Environmentalists Go After Ohioan’s Judicial Nomination Another Unworthy Judicial Nominee Ashcroft: Security Fears Merit Detention

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