Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

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copyright, isps, piracy

congress, mpaa, riaa

Howard Berman To Force ISPs To Do RIAA's Bidding

from the the-representative-from-hollywood-strikes-again dept

First Congress tried to require universities to act as the RIAA's servants (or Congress would take away funding) and now they're trying to do the same thing to ISPs. Rep. Howard Berman (who continually lives up to his nickname of being the Representative from Disney), the head of the Intellectual Property subcommittee (which, as Larry Lessig has pointed out, is like asking a Representative from Detroit to head up the committee on auto safety), is about to introduce legislation that would require ISPs pass on RIAA/MPAA threat letters to subscribers (found via TorrentFreak). Of course, Berman doesn't seem to note that the entertainment industry process is based on extremely flimsy evidence and the whole "settlement process" amounts to little more than an extortion shakedown from the entertainment industry. It's not easy to fight back, and often people feel compelled to settle. With ISPs forced to do their bidding, it will only encourage the entertainment industry to send out notices based on even weaker evidence, since the whole thing has become a revenue generator for them -- and this will simply increase their channel -- all with government support. This is making a mockery of the intent of copyright.

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    InSoMnIaC, 28 Aug 2007 @ 11:14am

    What I want to know is say I'm suspected by the RIAA that I have been sharing music. I have no bittorrent or filesharing software on my computer at all. Yet I don't save receipts of all the music I purchase. Also what about all the files I've dled from allofmp3? Most likely I'd be up river without a paddle just because I have approx. 6000 mp3's on my system yet no file sharing apps. So wtf would I be able to do to defend myself. Its this type of situation that honest people will be screwed. I would not be able to afford a good enough lawyer to prove that they have the wrong ip. It's scary times.

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