Recording Industry Looking At Bribing ISPs To Side With It Against File Sharing

from the incentives dept

At the MidemNet event this past weekend, there were multiple discussions concerning the role of ISPs in solving the recording industry’s problems. Some believed that ISPs were obligated to be involved, some felt that ISPs should be totally separate, and then there were some viewpoints in between. However, one theme that popped up a few times was the idea that having ISPs acting as enforcers could “open up new business opportunities and revenue streams for the ISPs.” That seemed a bit odd, because the ISPs would be spending time trying to crack down on file sharers and would be losing customers. However, now it’s becoming clear what may be meant: bribes.

Well, more technically, they’re calling it “revenue sharing.” Thus, there are reports of ISPs being offered a deal, whereby they have to crack down on file sharing, kicking off file sharers — but then get a split of any money obtained from music fans who pay up when challenged by an antipiracy company. I’m sure there are some ISPs that would be open to such a thing, but it won’t stop a lot of angry users from looking for a more customer friendly ISP. Also, when your whole business model is based on squeezing people who don’t have very much money in the first place, it’s difficult to see this surviving very long.

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Anonymous Coward says:

In that case

If that is the case I also want a cut of that money for compensation of not having the full bandwidth possible due to the people that are file sharing. But somehow I don’t think I am going to get compensated for having to put up with the ISPs inability to upgrade their networks to keep up with demand. I am starting to think that ISPs might really like this idea, Getting paid to kick off the high usage people. It makes the networks look more reasonably sized rather then inadequate

hegemon13 says:

Corporate extortion

Yay, now we have a corporate conspiracy/collusion for the purpose of extortion. Too bad they own too many of our politicians to end up in prison where they belong.

Now, not only do you get sued, but your ISP has a vested interest to falsify information to make you look guilty. Since very few of these cases ever go to court, there would be no incentive for them to be honest. The more settlements the RIAA gets, the more money the ISP gets.

And, this fits in with the RIAA’s claim to stop filing lawsuits how? If the “revenue stream” for ISPs comes from those lawsuits, what incentive is there for the ISP if the RIAA actually stops the lawsuits.

Last, how did we get to the point where private corporations have the authority to police, sentence, and discipline private citizens with no court oversight? Given the necessity for an internet connection in today’s society, shouldn’t this be illegal as hell?

chuck says:

uh huh...

Just shows that america is just a cash cow that corporations take advantage of milk the american public for all their worth. whats going to stop all those users from making their own “net” with wireless routers and connecting them all across the nation? Are they going to ban wireless networks then? lol. RIAA and MPAA are jokes and if they can’t make good products that people want to pay for.. it’s their fault.

Anonymous Coward says:

let them squeeze. I stopped buying music from the major labels about 8 years ago, and from RIAA member labels about 2 years ago. Worse (for them) I’ve convinced about a dozen people to either follow suit or seriously curtail major label purchases by turning them on to independent artist and labels. All they are doing is slowly driving their actual paying customer base away. And getting Congress to corrupt copyright to the point they have isn’t really going to help much. This country has a long history of totally ignoring bad laws, so much we even went to war with England over it. If they want to know how the War on Copyright is going to turn out, I refer them to the War on Drugs, and how well that worked.

RD says:

Uh huh

“Thus, there are reports of ISPs being offered a deal, whereby they have to crack down on file sharing, kicking off file sharers — but then get a split of any money obtained from music fans who pay up when challenged by an antipiracy company.”

Yeeeesss…….because that has worked SO WELL so far for music ARTISTS…..wait, whats that? NOT ONE PENNY of litigation income has gone to ANY artist? But….but….the RIAA is suing on BEHALF of the artists! Surely they would share when they win a case! Surely they would do so for ISP’s too, right? Right?

PaulT (profile) says:

I wonder which will generate more money… “revenue sharing” from customers who allow themselves to be extorted, or revenue from customers who will desert the ISP once it becomes clear that they are supporting these tactics.

I know I’d cancel my account with any ISP that does this. Not because I’m file sharing, but because I do not wish to be punished for an unsupportable false allegation, which neither the ISPs nor the RIAA seem to have any interest in making sure they’re correct before suing/cutting people off.

Twinrova says:

I'm very confused!

RIAA: If ISPs are our police force, we won’t sue.

ISP: Go to hell, RIAA.

RIAA: But we’ll pay you!

If the entire intent for RIAA is to stop suing people, how in the hell can it share monies when they’re not going after anyone?

People, it’s simple: Tell everyone you know to STOP. BUYING. MUSIC.

This will be the ONLY way to stop the recording industry.

Tristan says:

ISP + Music Industry = bigger bully


And it won’t affect me at all – I see no reason to pirate music, nor purchase it. I don’t really need to own licenses to sub-par music, nor do I want to waste storage space on it.

I avoid buying music. Yeah, CD sales dwindle, so what. As far as I’m concerned, the music industry, and the artists that support them don’t have what it takes to bring music into the 21st century. Some of today’s artists are so unimaginative, they’ve resorted to writing cheap knock-offs, like Kid Rock’s version of “Sweet Home Alabama”. Music Industry 1.0 is dead, ladies and gentlemen. Elvis has left the building.

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