No One Can Find ISPs Who Have Agreed To RIAA's 3 Strikes Plan

from the keep-looking dept

It's been a few weeks since the WSJ announced that the RIAA was supposedly dropping its lawsuit strategy, in favor of a backroom deal with ISPs, negotiated under dubious circumstances by NY's Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, whereby those ISPs would start cutting off connections from those accused (not found guilty) of file sharing. However, since then, we've heard from a variety of ISPs who don't like the plan, and Wired went on a wild goose chase trying to find a single major ISP that has agreed to the plan and came up empty. Of course, most of them refused to comment. The only one who said anything straight up was Verizon -- who had earlier confirmed that it had no interest in doing a deal with the RIAA. The big cable companies and AT&T have shown some interest in the past -- but now refuse to admit that an agreement has been worked out.

The big question is why?

If this is such a great deal for consumers, as Cuomo and the RIAA insist, then why wouldn't an ISP want to step right up and proudly admit to such a deal? Obviously, it's because they know that such a deal is a sham, based on no legal reasoning, that will harm their position in the market and piss off customers. The RIAA will likely claim that no deals have been announced because the details haven't been finalized -- but again, that makes no sense. We've been questioning from the beginning why these negotiations haven't been more open. And with record labels like Warner Music and EMI insisting that they want to be seen as more open and willing to hold a "conversation" with critics, the fact that no one will talk openly about this backroom deal shows what a bunch of liars they are again. They don't want an open conversation. They want the government and ISPs to protect their business model, and they've convinced Andrew Cuomo to fall for it.
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Filed Under: copyright, isps, music, takedowns, three strikes
Companies: at&t, comcast, cox, riaa, time warner cable, verizon

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    Tony Alan Haskins, 6 Jan 2009 @ 10:34am

    their counting on no one sueing for lose of service since its only $50.00 a month

    some one said it in a post ealier here
    "their losing in court so their trying to do it this way"
    well if they can't beat you in court now
    shouldn't you be able to sue them and the ISP for cutting off your account without due process
    and if they cut off lots of people and most sue wouldn't that cost them more time and money than they want to put out
    and here's one I've never seen brought up cassettes, vcr tapes , no one got bent when people were taping stuff with them..............I find it funny
    also I've D/L a lot of movies that say property of [warner bro. , ect....] [I deleted them at once] but my point is this instead of going after the folks D/L the movie[human nature to get free stuff] shouldn't they be cleaning their own house since a movie that say's property of........ had to come from a insider
    personaly I kinda see the MPAA being mad they only make money on you going to the movies and buying DVD's and us making our own cost them , but not as much as they say.
    The RIAA should on the other hand be happy we D/L their damn music , while I'll admit some money can be made off CD's the artist make the most of their money off concerts us D/L just promotes the music so we want to go to the concert

    but as far as money in general both actors studios and music artist , sport stars for sure ,make way to much money for what they do
    I mean lets face it those who work hard to make the world we live in run right daily and those who do the crappy every day jobs get paid shit
    while those who play ,get messed up all day , and basicly have fun most of the time get paid millions!!!!
    am I the only one who see's something wrong with that ???
    and be fore some one chimes in , but sport stars earn their money
    1] they are getting paid to play a game[that we all played in school]
    2]if they didn't get stupid they have a college degree[ no claiming my knee will go out I need millions to fall back on]

    of course most sport stars are stupid assholes who rushed through school blind in a hurry to get to the big bucks

    all in all the RIAA and MPAA have unrealistic goals

    and artist and stars[music , sport , movie] are over paid self centered ass holes who need took down a notch any way

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