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RIAA to change anti-piracy tactic, abandon lawsuits

The Recording Industry Association of America has announced that it is planning to end its tactics of suing individual users who are caught sharing music online. According to the Wall Street journal, the RIAA has opened legal proceedings against roughly 35,000 people since 2003, which has done little to stop the illegal downloading of music over the Internet. Instead of lawsuits, the group has instead made preliminary agreements with major ISPs under which users caught uploading music illegally will receive emails from the service provider asking them to stop, possibly accompanied by a degradation in connection speed. Should the user continue to illegally upload music, the ISP could eventually decide to cut off their access altogether. The ISPs with which the RIAA has already reached agreements have not yet been named.

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How is my ISP going to know that I am uploading music files?  I thought they don’t know or aren’t suppose to know what you download or upload ?

Posted by Michael on December 19, 2008 at 2:16 PM (CST)


To Michael,

I bet they can watch which ports you are using.  Perhaps the RIAA could tip them off to IP addresses that are doing the uploads as well.

Posted by Ryan on December 19, 2008 at 3:18 PM (CST)


How will they know what ports I’m using to do stuff without invading my privacy?

Posted by Eddie.exe on December 19, 2008 at 4:20 PM (CST)


wow, that’s THE question, Michael!

also, how do they know the music I am uploading isn’t some indie or self-made music, but the music under the big brands?

Posted by sonalitude on December 19, 2008 at 5:50 PM (CST)


looks like i’m good to go.  bell in canada is already throttling anyone using p2p technology, whether or not it is “illegal”.


Posted by john on December 19, 2008 at 8:58 PM (CST)


What if I have a “friend” that has been downloading, but not uploading?

Posted by Michelle McEwen on December 19, 2008 at 10:28 PM (CST)


well according to this downloading music won’t be reported or have anything happen. And here we go again: using illegal tactics to stop illegal works lol.

Posted by Mogey16816 on December 20, 2008 at 12:37 AM (CST)


In theory this is actually the least terrible idea the RIAA has come up with yet.  Pirating music is against the law, and should be stopped in some way.  The trouble they’ve always had was that the RIAA and record labels has continually made the cure worse than the disease, and have turned more people off of buying music than stopped from stealing.  The fact that there’s still very little DRM free music on iTunes is a sign of that.

As has been pointed out in the comments here though, there’s no real good way to monitor who is trafficking in illegal music.  The RIAA can have a strong hunch, based on what type of traffic a user is producing, but there’s no way to know for sure which leaves a guilty until proven innocent situation.

Posted by Jeffery Simpson on December 21, 2008 at 12:19 PM (CST)


if there was a question of legality the ISPs wouldn’t be getting into this whole thing. my guess is that the RIAA will be monitoring the p2p networks and when they can traceback an IP they will use that to prove their claims.

Posted by lucas on December 21, 2008 at 12:53 PM (CST)


This is still illegal considering that the RIAA is NOT a law enforcement body, nor is should it pretend to be. It is not allowed nor should it be allowed to police or try to punish anyone.

Posted by King of All on December 21, 2008 at 3:36 PM (CST)


What happens is this:
The RIAA and the MPA monitors file sharing sites. When someone is offering files that are copyrighted, the RIAA or MPA notifies the ISP that their client is violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The ISP then send a nice note like the one below to their customer demanding removal of the files. I’ve removed the LONG LONG portion detailing the agreement you signed when you agree to use the ISPs services. Basically, you have agreed NOT to do anything illegal. violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is illegal. My son was the one sharing the files.
All I had to do was remove them from his list of files he was willing to share. Oh, that, and apologize!

FROM COX to me.
Dear Customer,

We are writing on behalf of Cox Communications to advise you that we have received a notification that you are using your Cox High Speed Internet service to post or transmit material that infringes the copyrights of a complainant’s members.  We have included a copy of the complaint letter.  Pursuant to the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), which is codified at 17 U.S.C. § 512, upon receiving such notification, Cox is required to “act expeditiously to remove, or disable access to” the infringing material in order to avoid liability for any alleged copyright infringement.  Accordingly, Cox will suspend your account and disable your connection to the Internet within 24 hours of your receipt of this email if the offending material is not removed.


ISP: Cox Communications, Inc. 
IP Address: 68.7.165.**

Monday, May 05, 2008

Re: Unauthorized Copying and Distribution of Copyrighted Audiovisual Works

Dear Sir/Madam:

I am contacting you on behalf of the Motion Picture Association of America (“MPAA”) and one or more of its member companies.

We submit that the MPAA is authorized to act on behalf of its member companies (the “MPAA Members”) with respect to the matter described in this notice.  The MPAA Members own intellectual property rights, including exclusive rights protected under copyright law, in many motion pictures, television programs and other audiovisual works (collectively, the “MPAA Titles”).  We believe that your Cox Communications, Inc. Internet account is being used to reproduce and/or distribute copies of one or more MPAA Titles on the Internet, in violation of the MPAA Members’ legal rights.  We have set forth at the close of this letter the details concerning this infringement, including the title(s) of the MPAA Title(s) in question, the IP address of your account at the time of the infringement, and the date and time of the infringement.  The audiovisual works being offered through your Internet account include the following:


The copying and/or distribution of copies of copyrighted audiovisual works without the authorization of the copyright owner constitutes copyright infringement under the U.S. Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. §§ 106, 501.

Posted by John young on December 22, 2008 at 1:26 AM (CST)


So Leech, but don’t Seed??

Posted by DMan on December 22, 2008 at 8:51 AM (CST)


When I buy a DVD movie, I don’t just own the plastic disc, I own the content on the disc, as well. I don’t care who disagrees. I’m right.

Posted by King of All on December 22, 2008 at 10:35 PM (CST)

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