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by Mike Masnick




Recording Industry Asks ISPs To Shut Down Accounts Of File Sharers

from the will-they-have-any-customers-left? dept

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI, the UK equivalent of the RIAA) apparently is taking a slightly different position on going after people who share unauthorized files online. Rather than suing them, they're now presenting evidence to ISPs and asking those ISPs to cancel user accounts for breaking the ISPs' terms of service. This actually seems like a fairly reasonable policy, so long as they don't demand that the ISP automatically remove these users. It certainly beats suing everyone for thousands of dollars and suggesting they drop out of school to pay. There's nothing wrong with giving the ISP evidence and then letting the ISP investigate, as long as they also give the user a chance to make his or her case in response as well. If the customer is actually breaking the terms of service, then its fair game for the ISP to decide how to deal with that subscriber. The BPI, though, suggests in the article that the evidence they've given the ISP is "unequivocal," which is hard to believe given the number of false accusations the industry has made -- and the important fact that an IP address does not identify a specific user. So what will be most interesting is seeing how the industry responds if the various ISPs don't follow their marching orders and shut these accounts down.

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    Just Red, 10 Jul 2006 @ 6:03pm

    RIAA

    You know, with all the accusations flying from the RIAA, has anyone ever thought of countersuit for them infringing upon our privacy? Whatever happened to all the honest people out here? I know that before the "Napster" incident, I downloaded music. But one of the people on my street did actual time in the county house for downloading music. He never raped anyone. He never sold or even did drugs. He never hit his wife. Never even beat his children, but downloading music, boy, now that is out of line! Stupid communists. Today, when I download music, I make sure I have a receipt to show anyone that feels important enough to ask me. I will never buy another Metallica album and I will never buy anything from anyone that supports the RIAA and their invasive, unrealistic, rediculous rules that do nothing more than make rich lawyers richer and rich people richer.

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