Some ISPs Push Back On RIAA Plan
from the good-for-them dept
While there was big news on Friday concerning the RIAA’s supposed plan to stop suing everyone in favor of having ISPs police networks for the RIAA, it seems that some ISPs are clearly not on board with the plan (and, in fact, the details of the plan seem rather lacking). News.com has the story of one smaller ISP that has been responding to every RIAA notification by sending a request back for a billing address where he can send an invoice for the time it takes to respond to takedown requests. For the most part, the RIAA simply ignores these responses, though in some cases its representatives seem to feign ignorance, claiming “In regards to billing, we fail to understand what you mean with that!”
At the same time, it appears that Verizon is one large ISP refusing to cooperate. This is not really that surprising, given that Verizon was really the only major ISP to stand up to the RIAA’s original campaign of demanding the identity associated with IP addresses without first filing a lawsuit (the end result of which was the RIAA’s filing large lawsuits against multiple “john and jane does” in order to get the names). Verizon has also pushed back in the past when other big ISPs like AT&T seemed willing to act as copyright cops for the RIAA.