p2pnet view RIAA:- Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music’s RIAA has been quick to to further its masters’ interests by jumping on the furor caused by WikiLeaks leaks.
MasterCard recently said it was cutting off payments to Julian Assange’s whistle-blower site because “MasterCard rules prohibit customers from directly or indirectly engaging in or facilitating any action that is illegal”, according to spokesman Chris Monteiro.
He didn’t explain what court had ruled WikiLeaks or its revelations as ‘illegal’.
Now, smelling another event through which to further their efforts to gain control of the internet as their exclusive sales, marketing and distribution vehicle, the Big 4 labels — only one of which is even partially American — have finessed MasterCard’s move into a way to add it to their list of Corporate America copyright cops, using the RIAA as the front.
MasterCard bosses say they’re also “willing to stop processing transactions from sites trafficking in pirated music, movies, games, and other digital copyrighted content”, posts the ever-helpful CNet News.
Lobbyists working for MasterCard “told trade groups from the entertainment sector that the credit card company is supportive of The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, an antipiracy bill introduced into the Senate last September, sources with knowledge of the talks tell CNET”, it says, quoting disgraced RIAA employee Mitch Glazier as stating:
“MasterCard in particular deserves credit for its proactive approach to addressing rogue Web sites that dupe consumers,
“They have reached out to us and others in the entertainment community to forge what we think will be a productive and effective partnership.”
CNet News – MasterCard willing to cut off pirate sites, December 16, 2010
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