No One Can Find ISPs Who Have Agreed To RIAA's 3 Strikes Plan

from the keep-looking dept

It's been a few weeks since the WSJ announced that the RIAA was supposedly dropping its lawsuit strategy, in favor of a backroom deal with ISPs, negotiated under dubious circumstances by NY's Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, whereby those ISPs would start cutting off connections from those accused (not found guilty) of file sharing. However, since then, we've heard from a variety of ISPs who don't like the plan, and Wired went on a wild goose chase trying to find a single major ISP that has agreed to the plan and came up empty. Of course, most of them refused to comment. The only one who said anything straight up was Verizon -- who had earlier confirmed that it had no interest in doing a deal with the RIAA. The big cable companies and AT&T have shown some interest in the past -- but now refuse to admit that an agreement has been worked out.

The big question is why?

If this is such a great deal for consumers, as Cuomo and the RIAA insist, then why wouldn't an ISP want to step right up and proudly admit to such a deal? Obviously, it's because they know that such a deal is a sham, based on no legal reasoning, that will harm their position in the market and piss off customers. The RIAA will likely claim that no deals have been announced because the details haven't been finalized -- but again, that makes no sense. We've been questioning from the beginning why these negotiations haven't been more open. And with record labels like Warner Music and EMI insisting that they want to be seen as more open and willing to hold a "conversation" with critics, the fact that no one will talk openly about this backroom deal shows what a bunch of liars they are again. They don't want an open conversation. They want the government and ISPs to protect their business model, and they've convinced Andrew Cuomo to fall for it.


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    I hate Riaa and its musicians, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 4:32am

    Musicians are sleezy idiots

    Do not buy an RIAA or any music association performers works as a protest. Please do this and the problem of the stupid file sharing stuff will go away when said musicians and associations go broke because they deserve it.

    I hate them all.

    Firewall of Australia, thanks stupid musicians.

     

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    Michial, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 4:35am

    You can bet on ComCast

    Well I would bet that Comcast was beating down the RIAA's door to enter into this deal...

    They have a long history of doing things such as limiting downloads, throttling downloads speeds, outright lieing to the consumer etc. This type of deal is right down their alley.

    I would think most of the reputable LARGE isp's would think twice about this type of deal just because of the legal issues it would cause for them.

     

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    Twinrova, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 4:47am

    Sometimes you can miss the obvious.

    "The big question is why?"
    Because no ISP is going to stand up and say to its consumers "We're raising your prices again because of the RIAA."

    Well, not until damn near every other ISP signs on. Then you can bet they'll all chime in, since at that point, there will be no where else to go to get cable without RIAA protection.

    It won't last. You can bet there will be massive lawsuits against this "extortion".

    While you may disagree with this "tax", the mere fact it opens up unlimited sharing is a good thing.

    This is what happens when a business' sole purpose is to make money.

    Expect much, much more of this type of thing to occur as the months role on.

    Consumers, be damned. Businesses no longer need you, so your power dwindles.

     

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    Sid Gilbert, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 4:57am

    It is already happening

    I have a friend with Cox internet and he has gotten two notices already. They told him one more and he would have his service canceled. I think Techdirt should poll readers to see if any of them have gotten notices and identify the ISPs that way.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 5:13am

    Am I understanding this correctly? The RIAA says it will stop taking the cases to the courts, but it will still be doing the same false accusations based on the same false proof. So basically, now that they're loosing their legal position (in the only case to ever get to the courts) they want to deal with private companies to do their dirty work before anyone notices that what they are doing is actually illegal? How is this better than taking the cases to the court where someone will actually judge on the merits of the claims? I know most of the cases are actually settled out of the courts, but there's still a small chance that the correct process will be followed in that scenario, whereas in the "private company shutting off your service because they thought you might possibly be making available copyrighted work" there's absolutely no chance for the users.

     

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    Curious Minds Want to Know, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 5:30am

    Show me the list

    I want to see the list of those who are exempt from the three strikes - kick em to the curb - back room conspiracy.

    I'll bet a cup of coffee that the arrangement stipulates the RIAA and friends can not be taken off the internet when accused of copyright infringement. They will be accused because 1) they are indeed guilty and 2) for the fun of it.

    I'm looking forward to the court room battles.

    Hey - this is a good idea for a new reality tv show.

     

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    James, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 5:38am

    Go RIAA - If they only had a brain they would be dangerous!

    So let me get this straight the RIAA wants ISPs to ban customers who are suspected of file sharing. The thing I don’t get is why any ISP would want to agree to this. As they can already clearly cancel/deny and ban any customer for suspected file sharing as it is (read your contract). So if they already have the power to cut off their own customers (effectively signing them up with a competitor) and they are not using it now, they will not agree to pass that power onto a third party that has no interest in their bottom line (and could be argued has a vested interest in destroying them).

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Jan 6th, 2009 @ 5:41am

    Re: It is already happening

    Sounds like your friend needs to grow a pair and stand up against these bastards.
    Call them on their crap. They have nothing to back it up.
    He yells loud enough high up the food chain enough, they will start to get the picture.

     

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    x, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 5:43am

    I got a notice in the uk from bethere. Strangest wording of any official email I've ever had. Apparently there was a complaint about a file I know we downloaded, but nothing other than us been informed of that.

     

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    Matt, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 6:00am

    Re: You can bet on ComCast

    Comcast? Umm, no. They want to make money. this deal would cause them to lose customers. Comcast may be greedy, monopolistic, but they're not stupid.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 6:11am

    Re: Re: You can bet on ComCast

    Now now, why can't they be greedy, monopolistic AND stupid? It's not like those things are exclusive.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 6:28am

    RIAA = Real Ignorant Arrogant Assholes!

    Not 1 cent for them or anyone/everyone that supports them!

     

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    NYS Resident, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 6:50am

    Cuomo is a waste of air and anyone who voted for this piece of shit should be publicly whipped.

     

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    Chronno S. Trigger, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 7:03am

    Re: Re: Re: You can bet on ComCast

    You can most certainly be greedy, monopolistic, and stupid. We have a word for that already: RIAA. Comcast is smart enough to know that losing customers would be a bad thing for their greedy side, even if the RIAA can't figure that out.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 8:00am

    Re:

    I'm not particularly fond of Caroline Kennedy, but I'd much rather have her in the senate that Cuomo.

     

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    TurtleFace, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 8:21am

    I know in PA the largest cable provider for the entire state is Blue Ridge Cable. They outsource the cable connection to PenTeleData. I got a notice a few months ago that they recieved a letter from RIAA and that I had to call in. When I called and said I never downloaded that movie they told me to be sure to change my password on my router and that another complaint will result in my account being terminated! So with them it's 2 strikes and your out. Not having real competition blows!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 8:29am

    Blue Ridge Cable ..

    You've been added to the RIAA supporters shit list!

    Die in a fire!

    Not 1 cent!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 9:21am

    The backroom discussion Mike is so curious about....

    It will never be for the public eyes because the RIAA hates themselves in it and the ISPs don't want to look rude and intolerant...

    RIAA: So basically, we tell our customers do it our way or fuck off. We're like 99% sure that it works because nobody has told us it doesn't. Will you help Major ISP?

    [A long pause, during which the Major ISP has to figure out the RIAA just made such a request. Frustrated, sighing, and completely caught off guard because he has to come up with a response to such an asinine plea, the suspenseful silence is broken.]

    MISP: That's fine and dandy if your dumb ass thinks that telling the customer to fuck off is going to make you money. But you're all dumber than we thought if you think making our service shittier and driving away subscribers is going to help us at all. Hell, you may not even have a brain when you consider the fact that you want us to TERMINATE certain subscribers. We don't care what they do, their money is always good here. I mean, where the fucking hell did you go to business school? Did you even prepare for this meeting? Was there at all a brainstorming session? Have you typed this plan into youtube and listened to yourself with the audio playback feature so you could realize how fucking stupid you are? Or are you just wasting our time as a joke? You've got twenty seconds to get out of this building before we release the hounds.

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Jan 6th, 2009 @ 9:36am

    Re: The backroom discussion Mike is so curious about....

    I wish it went like that.
    I refuse to think so highly of the ISPs though.

     

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    d, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 9:39am

    Cox is doing it, even if they do not admit it

    Cox is doing it, even if they have no actual proof. They just trust the word of RIAA or MPAA.

     

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    Tony, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 9:45am

    Re: Musicians are sleezy idiots

    This will only work if millions of customers join you in this boycott. How, exactly, do you propose to make that happen?

     

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    Tony Alan Haskins, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 10:34am

    their counting on no one sueing for lose of service since its only $50.00 a month

    some one said it in a post ealier here
    "their losing in court so their trying to do it this way"
    well if they can't beat you in court now
    shouldn't you be able to sue them and the ISP for cutting off your account without due process
    and if they cut off lots of people and most sue wouldn't that cost them more time and money than they want to put out
    and here's one I've never seen brought up cassettes, vcr tapes , no one got bent when people were taping stuff with them..............I find it funny
    also I've D/L a lot of movies that say property of [warner bro. , ect....] [I deleted them at once] but my point is this instead of going after the folks D/L the movie[human nature to get free stuff] shouldn't they be cleaning their own house since a movie that say's property of........ had to come from a insider
    personaly I kinda see the MPAA being mad they only make money on you going to the movies and buying DVD's and us making our own cost them , but not as much as they say.
    The RIAA should on the other hand be happy we D/L their damn music , while I'll admit some money can be made off CD's the artist make the most of their money off concerts us D/L just promotes the music so we want to go to the concert

    but as far as money in general both actors studios and music artist , sport stars for sure ,make way to much money for what they do
    I mean lets face it those who work hard to make the world we live in run right daily and those who do the crappy every day jobs get paid shit
    while those who play ,get messed up all day , and basicly have fun most of the time get paid millions!!!!
    am I the only one who see's something wrong with that ???
    and be fore some one chimes in , but sport stars earn their money
    1] they are getting paid to play a game[that we all played in school]
    2]if they didn't get stupid they have a college degree[ no claiming my knee will go out I need millions to fall back on]

    of course most sport stars are stupid assholes who rushed through school blind in a hurry to get to the big bucks

    all in all the RIAA and MPAA have unrealistic goals

    and artist and stars[music , sport , movie] are over paid self centered ass holes who need took down a notch any way

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 10:37am

    Re: Re: The backroom discussion Mike is so curious about....

    I don't know. Verizon might have hounds.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 10:40am

    Re: their counting on no one sueing for lose of service since its only $50.00 a month

    I think most of your argument falls apart when you realize that to get service you have to agree to their ToS, and part of their ToS says they can change their ToS, and they're changing their ToS to say that they can cut you off for being accused as a file sharer. You can't sue someone solely because you agreed to their crappy contract and they followed through on their ToS.

     

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    Dave, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 11:07am

    very interesting

    I'd like to believe that ISP's are sensibly ignoring the completely bullshit RIAA, but maybe they are doing secret deals. Who knows?

    This Cuomo moron is misguided, as usual. He's like his father - intelligent in some ways, but just stupid enough not to know where he's completely wrong. (Gee, I think I just described 97% of politicians). And now he wants to be Senator in NY. No thanks.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 12:28pm

    Re: Re: their counting on no one sueing for lose of service since its only $50.00 a month

    But you could sue the RIAA for having you falsely removed from your ISP and possibly liable. This situation becomes more risky when someones job depends on the connection. More so if the location that was cut off is a medical institution and due to this the last bit of information on a patient is not received and the patient is given a medication that causes a known allergic reaction and kills or shuts down a critical organ. This now results in a law suite and malpractice insurance will increase, ect.

    All of this is due to RIAA having a customer kicked off

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 12:40pm

    Time Warner suspended my internet before the holidays (around the 20th) and wouldn't resume it until yesterday due to downloading torrents (they caught me twice). Apparently, one more violation will terminate my account. Yippe!

     

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    Beefcake, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 12:55pm

    Irony

    A home-based Internet business loses their service because of this, so they try to sue the Association for interfering with their business model.

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Jan 6th, 2009 @ 1:30pm

    Re: very interesting

    Hey Dave, are you sure its just 97%?

     

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    Sean, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 1:50pm

    Re: very interesting

    If an ISP wanted to deal with this and not actually do anything they could just do the following.

    As requested per RIAA we will remove user X from IP 72.XXX.XX.XXX. The IP address will be reissued to some user once revoked.

    The original user at 72.XXX.XX.XXX tries to access the internet with no luck goes to Cable Modem and router unplugs both and then starts them back up. Cable Modem gets the notice IP 72.XXX.XX.XXX in use and requests a new IP is automatically issued. So user X on IP 72.XXX.XX.XXX has been from IP 72.XXX.XX.XXX but now is user X on IP 72.ZZZ.ZZZ.ZZZ

    So the RIAA gets to "ban" someone from the internet. The ISP keeps its customers and shuts up the RIAA. The user still has a internet connection.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 2:08pm

    The ISPs are attempting to work out a compromise with the RIAA now in order to avoid costly regulation in the future. With the passage of the Pro-IP bill and with a new "Copyrite Czar" coming in under the Obama Presidency, the regulatory environment has dramatically shifted in favor of the RIAA. If it weren't for the passage of the Pro-IP bill, the RIAA would still be suing people. It's not about the ISPs wanting to cooperate or prevent outright theft of music. Rather, it's about the ISP looking out after their own interests. The last thing an ISP wants to deal with is the federal authorities.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 3:29pm

    mm, nice try

    "The big cable companies and AT&T have shown some interest in the past -- but now refuse to admit that an agreement has been worked out."

    I understand that they're reluctant to admit anything. If authentic, this email, sent by AT&T to a customer about copyright infringement, looks like they've done more than "shown some interest in the past." Agreement or no agreement:

    http://sharethefiles.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=748626

     

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    Michael Langford, Jan 6th, 2009 @ 5:31pm

    I wish they would sue me...

    I'm terminal anyway... might just show up in court armed.

     

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    bikey (profile), Jan 7th, 2009 @ 12:39am

    Maybe one reason ISPs are not biting is that this arrangement, unlike that proposed in EU (which requires a law binding ISPs to perform this function) could well prove to be illegal (theories of privacy, public airways? I don't know -anything is possible in the Common Law if you have a brainy lawyer at the helm) and at best contractually unenforceable. And then there's the (previously mentioned on this site) issue of competition among ISPs. A promise that one won't play ball with RIAA could be a very competitive tool.

     

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    David, Jan 7th, 2009 @ 2:19am

    ISP response

    This is nothing new. Several years ago (way before all this curent business blew up) my UK ISP at the time took it upon themselves to send me an e-mail, suggesting that I had been downloading copyrighted material and threatened to give me the chop. Eventually, they went under themselves and good riddance!

     

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