p2pnet news view | RIAA News:- Comcast, America’s second largest ISP, says it has no plans to become a dedicated Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music copyright enforcer.
This is very bad news for the corporate music industry which has been using the mainstream media to pass on the spurious claims that a) it’s stopped suing people; and b) that major American ISPs have agreed to become Big 4 copyright enforcers.
p2pnet said earlier today, “AT&T has joined the RIAA, believing its customers will put up with anything, including being ratted out to Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music’s RIAA as part of the ongoing sue ‘em all campaign”, based on yesterday’s post.
“AT&T will not suspend or terminate a customer`s Internet service merely based on piracy allegations of a third-party, the company`s top public policy guru says.
“On Wednesday, some published reports said AT&T had begun pulling the plug on customers accused of engaging in illegal downloading of music by the Recording Industry Association of America, the music industry`s main lobbying group. The story got picked up across the Web, resulting in a flood of calls to AT&T.”
Now, “Joe Waz (right), a senior vice president at Comcast, the nation’s second largest ISP, told a gathering of music industry executives that the company has issued 2 million notices on behalf of copyright owners, according to multiple people who were in attendance,” says CNET News.
But, “This is the same process we’ve had in place for years — nothing has changed,” the story has him saying. “While we have always supported copyright holders in their efforts to reduce piracy under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)”.
However, “We have no plans to test a so-called ‘three-strikes-and-you’re-out’ policy,” he emphasises in the story.
Massive corporate consumer control scheme
The Big 4 labels are in the midst of huge international campaign in another phase of their efforts to dominate, if not totally control, the way music is distributed online, and by whom.
Under it, they hope to force governments to toe the corporate line by introducing legislation to compel local ISPs to both identify customers accused by the labels of being illegal distributors of copyrighted music, and to ultimately terminate their accounts.
New Zealand was the first country to officially cave in to corporate demands, but is now wavering under public pressure to abandon the plan, inspired by Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music.
France, the first country to get firmly behind the three-strikes-and-you’ re-out legislation, seemed poised to adopt it, but it, too, is coming under increasing public pressure to drop the massive corporate DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) consumer control scheme.
In Britain, the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA), “argues that ISPs cannot prevent illegal downloading because they ‘are no more able to inspect and filter every single packet passing across their network than the Post Office is able to open every envelope’,” p2pnet said recently.
ratted out – AT&T joins RIAA `sue `em all` campaign, March 25, 2009
CNET News – Comcast, Cox cooperating with RIAA in antipiracy campaign, March 25, 2009
wavering under public pressure – New Zealand: safe from Big Music. Or is it?, March 25, 2009
increasing public pressure – French anti-file sharing law targets children, March 25, 2009
cannot prevent illegal downloading – Brits say No! to ISPs as corporate copyright cops, March 16, 2009
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