RIAA to Switch Gears, Work with ISPs

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  1. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2337294,00.asp

    Sounds like a good development in this sordid business... They ought to just enact a system to charge pirating users $1 for every three megabytes or so of illegal downloads... sounds fair to me. ;)
     
  2. RamblinWreck macrumors regular

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    C'mon. Are you trying to tell me that suing people doesn't prevent piracy? :eek: Go figure :rolleyes:
     
  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    RIAA cries uncle, and will alert ISPs to the user's indiscretion and breaking of their policy.

    aka, why sue them, when you can get the ISP to cancel their internet.
     
  4. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    except that why would ISPs want to cancel their connection? loss of revenue for them.
     
  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Well heck, a lot of people get TOS violation notices where the ISP threatens to cancel a user's service.
     
  6. mkrishnan thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    I think the difference (my opinion here) is that cutting off someone's internet service, when they show a persistent refusal to comply with laws relating to their use of that internet service, is a reasonable and appropriate response, unlike suing them for thousands a song and pushing them into out-of-court settlements that are grossly out of keeping with their crime. I don't like the RIAA for their witch hunt mentality. I have no problem with combating piracy. I pay for music, and that means that I'm paying for pirates' music too.

    As for the ISPs, they are under pressure to combat piracy overall, lest they risk the chance of becoming more exposed to liability should they be seen by the government as permissive with respect to it. Also there is a notable subset of pirates who use a lot of bandwidth. Eliminating them or metering them provides better bandwidth and satisfaction for the rest of the customers -- the ISPs were doing that even without the RIAA.

    Finally, the ISPs may have an opportunity to start selling "high risk" internet service to refractory users at elevated prices with special limitations, like is done with car insurance. Okay, now that one's me being cynical.

    But as wrong as what the RIAA has been doing is, I still think this is a huge step in the right direction.
     
  7. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    key word there is threaten. yes i expect a lot of notices to go out. but i'd see them more likely to raise the rates or add bandwith caps rather than outright termination of service.
     

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