The RIAA, the mendacious organisation which serves only the interests of Vivendi Universal (France), Sony (Japan), EMI (Britain), and Warner Music (US), is once again being allowed to put Big Music interests before the education of America’s youth.
Once again it’s being encouraged wholeheartedly by the US congress.
And with it comes the re-emergence of Cary Sherman, the noisome RIAA consigliere who’s been silent virtually since the entertainment cartels jointly launched ACTA, their last-ditch effort to gain complete control of the internet as their exclusive online distribution machine.
When the RIAA was still a power, accusing very young children, a mother with multiple sclerosis and a long-dead grandmother of being criminals and thieves, Sherman tried to dismiss the actions as ‘tough love‘.
Now he’s fronting the renewal of the RIAA’s vicious attacks against American students, their teachers and and educational institutions.
July 1 “not only marks the first day of July, but according to the Higher Education Opportunity Act regulations enacted last year, it also marks the first day that all colleges and universities are required to have a plan in place to address illegal file-sharing on campus networks”, Sherman threatens in an RIAA post, going on >>>
Higher ed organization Educause has a good and helpful webpage that lays out the specific requirements for each school, in addition to some “role model” schools that have taken proactive steps to reduce the problem on their campuses.
Why is this law significant? It’s the first time ever in the history of dealing with the issue that Congress is holding schools accountable and requiring them to address the problem. Many schools have already taken necessary steps to deal with the issue, with great success and who deserve real credit. But there are some universities who are reluctant and perhaps prefer to remain on the sidelines without actually doing anything to proactively confront the piracy situation on their campus. Here you have Congress saying ‘Get off the sidelines and help deal with the problem.’ It’s an important signal. Will it cause those reluctant schools to change their policies? We sure hope so. From what we’ve seen so far, the sea change in school administrators’ attitudes against piracy – even from just a few years ago – has been very encouraging. We hope this law will give others the reason that they need to be proactive.
Where the RIAA goes, Hollywood’s MPAA is sure to follow.
Will they get away with it again?
The net and P2P People Power — the Great Equalisers
“I’m just one old guy living in a tiny village on an island off mainland British Columbia in Canada”, I wrote in p2pnet last December, going on >>>
But I have a web page and with it, I have the potential to reach hundreds of thousands of people during the course of a single year.
This has never been possible before.
And there are millions of other people like me.
When Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club was written in the mid-1990s, the net was only just beginning to take hold.
It central character is Tyler Durden who towards the end of the book and (and movie) says to ‘Them’ >>>
Remember this. The people you’re trying to step on, we’re everyone you depend on. We’re the people who do your laundry and cook your food and serve your dinner. We make your bed. We guard you while you’re asleep. We drive the ambulances. We direct your call. We are cooks and taxi drivers and we know everything about you. We process your insurance claims and credit card charges.
We control every part of your life.
“The executives, politicians and ‘creators should have that in neon lights, hanging on the walls in their offices”, I said, adding:
“The net and P2P People Power are the Great Equalisers and now, for the first time, we can make sure our natural rights are respected.”
Jon Newton - p2pnet
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ACTA – Hollywood touts ACTA,November 22, 2009
tough love – RIAA lawsuits are ‘tough love’,October 18, 2007
got away with it last time – RIAA college settlement plan, February 28, 2007
p2pnet – ACTA: epic fail, December 31, 2009
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