Six Months And Still No ISPs Officially Signed Up On The RIAA's Program

from the so-now-what? dept

Six months ago, you may recall, the RIAA announced that it was shifting its strategies away from suing individuals (though, it would and has continued to sue some) towards working with ISPs to kick file sharers off the internet via a three strikes policy (the industry prefers “graduated response”). However, no one could find any ISPs who had agreed to it, despite rumors that Comcast and AT&T were onboard. Yet, when later comments made people think that AT&T had agreed to such a plan, AT&T issued a denial, claiming that it was not working with the RIAA in that way. Now, Greg Sandoval points out that there still aren’t any ISPs officially signed on. Among the interesting nuggets in the article is the report that the RIAA thought it could pressure ISPs into signing up by having NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo take their side. The only problem? The ISPs know that there’s absolutely no legal angle that could force them into a 3 strikes policy, so Cuomo has no power to do anything. So, basically, for now not much has changed. The RIAA (post-layoffs) is still conducting lawsuits (though, fewer of them) and is hoping to push ISPs into agreeing to a plan most ISPs recognize would piss off most of their customers. But, of course, never count the RIAA out. For too long, they’ve shown that when they’re stopped at one door, they’ve already been planning for many months to sneak in through one of many backdoors.

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Derek Kerton (profile) says:

Spitzer Swallow

Great. So we had one guy who went after big corporations that were abusing rules and loopholes, went after shenanigans on wall street, and he gets the boot because he likes women too much, and as a society we’ve made that illegal.

And now we have a guy who goes after citizens at the behest of big business like RIAA. Who wants to put spyware on people’s PCs, wants to grandstand for busting up porn on the web, and who believes in abusing his position of power to make threats on Internet companies (Craigslist) so that he can grandstand and get the photo ops…for the kids.

Great trade. Human sexuality is a subject of great shame, but corporate malfeasance is just OK.

Tgeigs (profile) says:

Re: Spitzer Swallow

“So we had one guy who went after big corporations that were abusing rules and loopholes, went after shenanigans on wall street, and he gets the boot because he likes women too much, and as a society we’ve made that illegal.”

I’m mostly ok w/that statement, except for the sake of correctness, Spitzer wasn’t given the boot, he resigned. He could have fought if he wanted to.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Spitzer Swallow

Spitzer wasn’t given the boot, he resigned. He could have fought if he wanted to.

Perhaps, but I struggle with understanding the time line and the apparent high-level request to look into his private life leading up to his resignation. If you recall, prior to his resignation, the man had committed no crime, in fact the very opposite- he was a prosecutor. It seems someone went on a fishing expedition of his and his family’s finances, looking for dirt that would stick to him.

Remember, Spitzer wielded a lot of power particularly after his office headed up the USA vs Microsoft antitrust case. Why that was never reported by MSM was baffling.

Matt Tate (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Spitzer Swallow

I know what that means. If you’re referring to people digging up dirt on Spitzer as realpolitik, I should point out that it’s pretty tame by realpolitikal standards. Realpolitik as Otto Von Bismarck practiced it would include planting evidence of these romantic escapades, not just finding out about actual ones. Just the same, when politicians stopped being idealists and started practicing the politics of reality, the original aim of public office was lost forever. Now, concern for reelection has brought out people like Andrew Cuomo, while mass media borderline yellow-journalism-smear-campaigns have shooed out legitimately valuable public officers like Spitzer.

Tgeigs (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Spitzer Swallow

“If you recall, prior to his resignation, the man had committed no crime, in fact the very opposite- he was a prosecutor”

Soliciting prostitution isn’t a crime?

“Remember, Spitzer wielded a lot of power particularly after his office headed up the USA vs Microsoft antitrust case.”

That IS interesting; I hadn’t heard that before. The point I always here, and make, is that Spitzer was a vehement supporter of Hillary Clinton, and lost his Super Delegate vote due to the scandal.

Rob (profile) says:

This has to have some serious ramifications with the First Amendment — I mean the Internet is no longer an entertainment device like television, it has quickly become an essential tool for peoples’ lives. Many people draw their entire livelihood from the Internet. Even more people use it as their sole source of information (as they should, with how slanted reporting in all other mediums seems to be today). For most under the age of 30, the Internet is an irreplaceable part of how we communicate to one another and stay connected. The RIAA feels that it is right to take all of this away from you? On the SUSPICION that you might be not even really stealing from them? It is things like this that make me want to give up on modern society and move to an uninhabited island in the South Pacific…

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