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RIAA, MPAA recruit MasterCard to help them police the Internet

Posted at 22 December 2010 13:00 CET by wconeybeer

Two weeks ago, MasterCard felt the wrath of Anonymous Operation Payback-style DDoS attacks after refusing to process payments that were intended to fund WikiLeaks, the website which began leaking confidential US diplomatic cables last month. Now, the company is preparing to head down another controversial path by pledging to deny transactions which support websites that host pirated movies, music, games, or other copyrighted content.

MasterCard lobbyists have also been in talks with entertainment industry trade groups, including the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and have made it clear that the company will support the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), sources close to the talks have said.

“MasterCard in particular deserves credit for its proactive approach to addressing rogue Web sites that dupe consumers,” RIAA executive vice president of government and industry relations Mitch Glazer said in a statement to CNET when asked about the alliance. “They have reached out to us and others in the entertainment community to forge what we think will be a productive and effective partnership.”

This move by MasterCard is just another in a recent long line of corporations and organizations that are taking it upon themselves to define the legality of situations rather than leaving it to the courts. One problem is that the US federal government is allowing the lobbyists for these organizations to dictate right and wrong. The RIAA and MPAA were the big influence behind the government’s seizure of several domains during the last week of November. The domains are still under government control, though the “evidence” of wrongdoing listed in the case’s affidavit is weak. Now, with a huge financial corporation like MasterCard on board, these groups will have even more leverage to get their way.

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There are 6 comments

Dedicated DoMi groupie
Posted on: 22 Dec 10 15:10
    Since when do people need to be policed and controlled by private corporations? I guess I won't be using Mastercard any more.
    MyCE Senior Member
    Posted on: 22 Dec 10 17:46
      It would appear that Bankers have traded in their Florshiems for Jack Boots.
      Also explains all of the Black Mercedes outside their offices.
      MyCE Junior Member
      Posted on: 23 Dec 10 01:14
        I don't use Mastercard, and now it looks like I never will. Mastercard does realize there are quite a few other ways for individuals to conduct monetary transactions, don't they? If they wish to bite the hand that feeds them, let 'em. They won't be missed.
        New Member
        Posted on: 23 Dec 10 07:32
          thats the land of free we are talking about^^
          hehe, they even send private corporations to fight their wars undercover:
          Blackwater or as it is now called Xe

          dirty dirty dirty!
          MyCE Resident
          Posted on: 23 Dec 10 18:41
            Banks have a financial stake in customer privacy. Unless government wants to become involved in a criminal case, the banks who support Visa, MC are violating customer privacy laws. Thus, any criminal prosecution with evidence obtained through illegal means can't really be used-- with rare exceptions.. ddos & piracy aren't necessarily two of those that come to mind.
            MyCE Member
            Posted on: 26 Dec 10 02:29
              Since when is it any government or corporations right to tell you how to spend money? "This Note is legal tender for all debts, public and private." Electronic money is evil and it's right in your face. Dump the plastic and force paper currency back into circulation. They only want to you to have your plastic for protection, because the boogeyman will steal your cash, BOO. Have you heard of anyone getting caught up in identity theft from paying with cash? On a brighter note, makes me happy to use Visa, but that can change.

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