E-Commerce News: Personal Tech: The Legal Strategy of the RIAA Without Subpoena Power: "The court ruled that subpoena power -- created by the U.S. Congress for copyright owners in 1998 -- does not give record companies the right to ask ISPs for the identity of users suspected of swapping songs. According to the ruling, the music business overreached by using the subpoenas for that purpose. The law was intended only to identify those who post copyrighted material on public forums, such as chat rooms or bulletin boards.
The law 'betrays no awareness whatsoever that Internet users might be able to directly exchange files containing copyrighted works,' the court wrote in its ruling. "
Yes, the law might have had no intention of allowing industry to barge into people's homes, but that's how it's written. A triumph of the lobbyists.