A federal judge has ruled in favor of two North Carolina university students in a music piracy case after a music industry trade group tried to force their schools to turn over the students' identities.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Russell A. Eliason found that North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) were not required to provide the personal information of two students to the Recording Industry Association of America.

The association filed subpoenas in November 2003 indicating that an NCSU computer user who

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