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ISPs take stand against RIAA

Posted at 26 December 2008 12:52 CEST by Randomus

The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) is undergoing a transition away from suing individual file sharers and will instead request the help of ISPs in its latest fight against piracy.

But attempting to put more responsibility on the ISPs has drawn ire from ISPs:

"They have the right to protect their songs or music or pictures," Bayou Internet and Communications owner-operator Jerry Scroggin told CNET.  "But they don’t have the right o tell me I have to be the one protecting it."

Bayou Internet offers Internet service to 10,000 to 12,000 subscribers in Louisiana, and if the RIAA wants Scroggin to police the company’s users, then he expects payment for his effort.

When asked in the past to eliminate access to alleged file sharers, Scroggin sent the same letter to the RIAA, with no response ever returned:  "I ask for their billing address," he told CNET.  "Usually, I never hear back.’

An e-mail correspondence between Scroggin and copyright owners can be found here.

The RIAA’s move away from individual lawsuits towards ISP-led crackdowns — though it seems that smaller ISPs will not be able to afford to go on wild goose chases looking for accused file sharers.  Without proof of evidence, it takes time and money for ISPs to have paid technicians looking at IP logs and customer IDs, with it becoming increasingly easy for people to spoof IP addresses.

"They have the right to protect their songs or music or pictures," Scroggin said during the intervieww.  "But they don’t have the right to tell me I have to be the one protecting it.  I don’t want anyone doing anything illegal on my network, but we don’t work for free."

In an attempt to stifle copyright infringement on P2P networks, the RIAA has sued more than 30,000 accused file sharers over the past few years.  Almost all of the cases are settled out of court for a few thousand dollars, with the RIAA recommending defendants settle out of court rather than trying to take it to court.

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Posted on: 26 Dec 08 13:49
    Why do the artists no prmoting through the internet... If it's good it will sell. So the bis compagnies won't ever have anything to say about it, and have no rights about it.How manny % goe's realy to the artists 2%???? of the total revenue of the musiccompagnies to the total of all the artists. how much have they the???? I think 0,00000002´% per artist should be right I think.
    MyCE Junior Member
    Posted on: 26 Dec 08 18:12
      What a waste of time, money, and resources. The RIAA should burn in hell.
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 27 Dec 08 05:05
        Umm thats one ISP, not ISPs. And its a small one, the small isps will definately benefit if the bigger onces volutarily start screening file transfers. The bigger ISPs are using this as a form to cut down on consumption, the smaller ISP's don't really have to worry about that as much.

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