"This is a significant step forward in the effort toward inter-industry
cooperation in addressing the serious problem of copyright infringement over
the Internet. At the same time, Verizon continues its commitment to
protecting the privacy of Verizon subscribers and only providing identifying
information about such subscribers in response to subpoenas properly issued by
the courts," said Ivan Seidenberg, chairman and CEO of Verizon.
"At Disney we are committed to providing our content on multiple platforms
so that consumers have choice and flexibility when making their entertainment
decisions. We commend Verizon for doing its part in promoting legitimate
channels for content distribution and for its leadership in helping curb
Internet-based copyright infringement," said Robert A. Iger, president, COO
and CEO-Elect, The Walt Disney Company. "Working together to address piracy we
can help to ensure that the same content Verizon is distributing legally under
this deal will not be downloaded illegally."