Two Years After The RIAA Suggested ISPs Were Ready To Implement 3 Strikes, Most ISPs Have No Such Plans
from the lies-the-riaa-tells dept
It’s been a little over two years since the RIAA dropped its strategy of suing music fans for sharing files online — a strategy that was an unequivocal disaster for the record labels. Of course, when the news came out, the RIAA suggested that the reason they had done so was because of a backroom deal with various ISPs to implement three strikes plans. And yet, here we are, two years later with no major ISP having put in place such a policy. Greg Sandoval has been following this story closely, and his contacts at most of the major ISPs indicate no interest in putting in place such policies, and a widespread recognition that the ISPs have enough lobbying clout to push back on the RIAA if necessary.
There have been some smaller ISPs who do seem to be using a modified three strikes policy, but without the major players, it’s really not that widespread. Of course, it’s notable that Sandoval says his sources expect Comcast to put in place a three strikes plan once its merger with NBC Universal is done, and suddenly it decides that protecting obsolete business practices is more important than kicking off your own customers. Either way, this is notable in seeing one place where the RIAA may have actually met its match. Two years ago, the group acted as if three strikes was inevitable. Even in Sandoval’s latest article, he notes:
Executives from entertainment companies brush all the bad news aside. They say the same thing they’ve said for two years: Just wait. They say there’s a big announcement from some of the major ISPs coming around the corner.
But they’ve been suggesting that for two years now, and at some point you have to question if there’s anything to back that up. Perhaps the RIAA is just so used to getting its way that it doesn’t know how to react when it runs into an even stronger lobbying organization.