p2pnet.net News:- For years p2pnet has been criticizing spurious entertainment and software cartel pseudo-educational programs which attempt not merely to implant false standards, but also outright lies, into the heads of children around the world.
Now a number of public interest organizations have in a joint statement vigorously attacked Campus Downloading, a Big Four Organized Music video travesty fronted by EDUCAUSE vp Mark Luker and the Big Four’s RIAA.
An appallingly blatant example of pure corporate music industry mis- and disinformation “baloney,” it purports to ‘instruct’ students about copyright law.
Reacting to the huge and continuing storm of criticism it’s attracted, “First, we were told we should not enforce our rights,” said an RIAA spokesman quoted in a CNET News story. “Now we are told education is wrong, too. We won’t accept such a do-nothing approach. We’ll continue to work with respected higher-education groups to engage students to think critically about these issues.”
For “respected higher-education groups” read Joint Committee of the Higher Education and Entertainment Communities (JCHEEC), a wholly vested interest promotional outfit jointly headed by Penn State president Graham Spanier (who features in the video) and RIAA spin doctor Cary Sherman, and dressed up as a genuine ‘educational’ resource.
However, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Home Recording Rights Coalition (HRRC), Public Knowledge and Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) have denounced the RIAA’s back to school propaganda blitz as inaccurate, self-contradictory, and a, “disservice and embarrassment to the respectable institutions that [the] RIAA Recording Industry Association of America) has enlisted”.
In their statement, Gary Shapiro, president and ceo of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and chairman of the Home Recording Rights Coalition (HRRC); Gigi Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge and Edward Black, president and ceo of Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) say:
“The RIAA back to school message is ‘Beware of anything free.’ Ironically, it applies most aptly to the free ‘educational’ DVDs that [the] RIAA is peddling to students and to the bogus legal advice on [the] RIAA’s ‘Campus Downloading’ website.
“Those who have cooperated with the RIAA in distributing this information should take a closer look at the inaccuracies, distortions and contradictions in the RIAA message.”
An RIAA FAQ dismisses the copyright law’s Fair Use doctrine, “as applying only to productive or scholarly works,” the joint statement says, continuing that it suggests that, contrary to explicit Supreme Court precedent, Fair Use has no application to the home recording of entire works.
“The RIAA’s free DVD, however, says that it is OK to make a CD copy for yourself, but is criminal to do so for a friend,” say the public interest groups. “If there is no Fair Use for home recording, why is it OK to make the copy for yourself?
Because Mitch Bainwol, RIAA’s president, testified in Congress that he does this, and [the] RIAA’s legal counsel told the Supreme Court in the Grokster case that he thinks it is OK?
Or because the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992 (AHRA) prohibits any copyright suit for such “first generation” recordings? But if so -
Why did [the] RIAA and its members sue XM Satellite Radio over devices that make only personal, first generation recordings, and,
Where in the AHRA, or in any court decision, does it say that purely personal recordings are legal, burning or emailing a single song for a friend or family member is criminal?”
Shapiro, Sohn, and Black also emphasised in an August 28 editorial in the Greenville, MS Delta Democrat Times:
If (the RIAA’s interpretation of the law) is correct, the law makes pirates of everyone who has ever recorded onto a cassette any song from a 45 RPM or 331/3 RPM record. If you’ve done this, you’re a pirate, says the RIAA. The only reason you haven’t been sued is the industry can’t trace your practices through a computer. … It apparently hasn’t occurred to the industry that many of the people who download songs do so because they want to sample the music before they buy it. In the past, they had radio for this, but … corporate influence has cut radio playlists to a limited number of songs and has narrowed the types of music that can be played ….
“Shapiro, Sohn and Black also stated that they fully support the idea of copyright education,” says the statement, adding:
“They believe any copyright education campaign that includes information about consumer rights and responsibilities should be factually and legally accurate and should be developed by a neutral party.
“The association and organization heads also noted that large amounts of content are posted free on-line by new artists under ‘Creative Commons’ licenses. They said RIAA’s denigration of anything shared for free is not only inaccurate, but is also dismissive and disparaging of the young artists that the music industry purports to want to nurture and protect. They called on RIAA, and on the respectable institutions that have cooperated with its “education” campaign, to revise the “educational” website — http://www.campusdownloading.com/dvd.htm# — and to recall their free’ DVDs.”
outright lies – Canada’s Captain Copyright, June 1, 2006
joint statement – Back to School with Baloney; RIAA ”Education” Campaign Peddles Fiction, August 30, 2006
Campus Downloading – RIAA video debacle, August 24, 2006
CNET News – RIAA copyright education contradictory, critics say, August 30, 2006
wholly vested interest – GAO p2p ‘file sharing’ controversy, July 26, 2006
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