Confirmation That Record Labels Wanted ISPs To Spy On Users And Report Infringement To RIAA

from the no-surprise dept

This is hardly surprising, given previous statements and actions, but a redaction failure by the UK government in a Freedom of Information document handover resulted in TorrentFreak being able to see how Lucian Grainge (now CEO of Universal Music) explained to Peter Mandelson (whom he was lobbying to create the Digital Economy Act) how they wanted ISPs to report directly to record labels on people who might be file sharing, so the labels could take legal action:

“As ISPs can monitor the amount of power used by specific users and the sites connected to, it is possible for ISPs to pass on any details to owners of particular rights, who could then take legal action.”

This, of course, is the dream state for the industry, though they haven’t been able to get anyone to really go that far yet. Still, it is interesting to see them directly bringing it up with lawmakers.

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Johnsmith999 (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:

Peter Mandelson, was twice kicked out of tony Blairs govenment. once in 1999 (Quote from Wikipedia)” On 16 October 2000 it was reported that Geoffrey Robinson, the Labour MP, “accused Peter Mandelson of lying to the Commons about the home loan affair that cost both of them their Government jobs.”[23][24]

He was then kicked out of the Government in 2001 (Quote from Wikipedia) “On 24 January 2001, Mandelson resigned from the Government for a second time following accusations of using his position to influence a passport application.[26][27]”

He was instrumental in bringing in the DEA (it has since been discovered through a FOI request that he was “influenced” by Lucian Grainge, CEO of Universal Music Group) against the wishes of the British Public.

how is it that such a corrupt Politician is able to stay in the House of Lords when it is so obvious that does not deserve to be called a “Lord”

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Thomas (profile) says:

What does "power"

have to do with it?

Anyway, all the RIAA or MPAA needs to do is bribe enough Congressmen and the White House and perhaps a few SCOTUS judges with enough money to pass it. Members of congress need the money for re-election campaigns and expensive vacations and hookers and drugs. There are no honest politicians above the very small town levels anyway. If an honest politician somehow gets re-elected they will lose re-election because they didn’t have the funds to campaign again.

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