RIAA Dumps MediaSentry, But Hires DtecNet Instead

from the the-king-is-dead,-long-live-the-king dept

Over the past few days there's been a lot of attention paid to the news that the RIAA has ended its relationship with MediaSentry, the highly controversial firm that the RIAA used to try to find those involved in file sharing. There have been various lawsuits questioning MediaSentry's techniques -- and the sheer number of falsely identified people certainly suggested pretty strongly that the company wasn't doing a particularly good job. Of course, with the RIAA's "new strategy" of abandoning lawsuits in favor of having ISPs be their enforcers, the record labels still need a company to come up with whatever flimsy evidence it can find. So, don't think the ending of the relationship means that the RIAA has stopped monitoring file sharing. Instead, it's simply switched to a new company: DtecNet out of Copenhagen.
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    chris (profile), 5 Jan 2009 @ 6:21am

    re: bikey

    "Intellectual Property is the oil of the 21st century"
    - Mark Getty, chairman of Getty Images

    i first saw that statement quoted in "steal this film II"
    http://www.stealthisfilm.com/Part2

    it really sums up this whole "war against piracy" thing pretty nicely. having power means playing games to get control of natural and finite resources. people, governments, armies, and companies have been doing this since the dawning of life itself. in this game, keeping those resources finite is at least as important as obtaining the resources themselves.

    in essence, we are are talking about the means of production. mass production and mass distribution favor small numbers of large companies, unless the finished product and its distribution are digital. when everything is digital, the rules change.

    the problem with digital goods is that since anything digital can be reproduced effortlessly by anyone with a computer, the old rules of mass production and distribution no longer apply and the resource game is now in a state of flux.

    richard stallman discusses this in a rather grim depiction of this digital resource game:
    http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/right-to-read.html

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