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by Mike Masnick


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copyright, isps, piracy

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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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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Aug 2007 @ 4:57pm

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    I wasn't wrong, but my words sure were misconstrude. They say in their copyright you can openly use their material for your own personal use, but not sell it.
    Again, if you weren't wrong then you must have been lying and I don't mind calling you out on it either. There are several companies that sell commercial versions of Linux.

    I was using Linux as an example since you brought it up. And it sure does say you can't use the original source code and sell it.
    Still lying.

    Hmm, let's see. I download a song to listen to over and over again. Am I making a commentary? Nope. A parody? Nope, just want it to listen to. New reporting? Am I reporter? Guess not. Research? Nope, since I'm not writing a paper later about it. Education? Nope since I'm a student...gee I guess I'm listening to it for myself...not Fair Use.
    Hmm, let's see. A teacher of a musical history class copies parts of some musical works and shares those copies with the students in class. Depending on the details, that's fair use.

    And the ability for people to twist things for their own selfish arguments.
    How about the ability of some people to hang a liar out to dry and then watch them twist in the breeze?

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