p2pnet news view | RIAA News:- RIAA boss Mitch Bainwol (arrow) is a contented man.
He’s recruited another important copyright cop on behalf of Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony BMG, which explains the happy smile on his face.
In what has to be one of the most shocking examples of an American politician blatantly aligning himself with hardcore commercial interests, Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen has signed into law a bill aimed at, “curbing the disproportionate amount of music theft occurring on state campus networks via peer-to-peer (p2p) services”.
The words are those of the RIAA.
Behind the bill are the self-serving efforts by the Big 4 to turn American students into cowed consumers of corporate product, and only corporate product; and, to gain control of the distribution of music on the Net.
That’s Bredesen in front with a happy smile on his face.
“Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Chairman & CEO Mitch Bainwol, along with several other members of the music community, participated in the signing ceremony and welcomed the enactment of the legislation, SB 3794, which passed the state legislature earlier this year,” says an RIAA ‘press’ release.
“It’s fitting that on the day the world focuses on Nashville and country music that Tennessee would take the lead in protecting the creativity that this state so uniquely inspires,” said Bainwol. “We have all seen the effects illegal downloading has had on Music Row too many record stores have been shuttered and too many songwriters are out of the business of writing songs. This bill, the first of its kind in the nation, addresses the issue of campus music theft in a state where the impact is felt more harshly than most.”
Now, “Tennessee public and private colleges and universities exercise appropriate means to ensure that computers connected to their campus network are not being abused for the purpose of illegally downloading and distributing copyrighted material through p2p file-sharing programs” —- by order of the Big 4 and their RIAA.
“Upon a proper analysis of the network, those institutions are required to implement technological support and develop and enforce a computer network usage policy to effectively limit the number of unauthorized transmissions of copyrighted works,” says the industry organised crime unit.
“The illegal downloading of music has a profoundly negative effect on the music industry,” Bredesen said, following the RIAA script, and adding:
“As home to so many record companies, music publishers, writers and artists, I am proud that Tennessee is taking action to prevent it.”
“The legislation also requires these higher education institutions to develop and enforce a policy for computer usage, network usage and ethics, in addition to analyzing the network to determine if copyrighted works are being transmitted.”
Definitely stay tuned.
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