Apparently, today was "subpoena day" at the RIAA. Complete with legal threats in hand, and a judge's ruling saying that ISPs need to simply cough up the private info of their subscribers, the RIAA contacted ISPs with subpoenas for more info on people they think are the worst of the worst file sharers. The Reuters article quotes an Earthlink representative saying that they'll comply with the subpoena, but that they "urge" the RIAA to "find a less intrusive method for protecting their intellectual property." It appears that they really are going to shoot themselves in the foot. This is no surprise, of course, but there was still hope for last minute enlightenment that maybe there are other reasons why they're having so much trouble and maybe (just maybe) there were opportunities in embracing file sharing, rather than criminalizing it. Update: Also, to make things even more fun, Representative Berman, one of our many representatives from Disney, has introduced a new bill that would make it even easier to send file sharers to prison. You may remember Rep. Berman for wanting to let Disney and other copyright holders hack into your machine and destroy anything they found objectionable. Specifically, this bill would raise the "assumed" damages from anyone sharing a file to the level that it becomes a felony, rather than a misdemeanor.
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