Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Internet Service Provider Definition:

An entity that provides any Internet communication service, including connectivity to subscribers.

Related Terms: Internet

In Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), the Canadian Copyright Board adopted these words:

"ISP (Internet Service Provider) refers to an entity that provides any Internet communication service, including connectivity to subscribers. This is further divided into IAP (Internet Access Provider) for entities that provide connectivity to subscribers, and BSP (Backbone Service Provider) for entities that operate infrastructure components of the Internet."

In Batzel v Smith, Justice Berzon of the United States Court of Appeals noted:

"An ISP provides its subscribers with access to the Internet."

REFERENCES:

  • Batzel v. Smith, 333 F. 3d 1018 (2003)
  • Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada v. Canadian Assn. of Internet Providers, 1 C.P.R. (4th) 417 (1999)

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