RIAA’s Letter to ISPs

An interesting story from P2PNet, copied in its entirety about how the RIAA is trying to squeeze money from people. 

p2pnet.net news:- The RIAA is launching its own p2p site. But not because it’s owners, Warner Music (US), EMI (Britain), Vivendi Universal (France) and Sony BMG (Japan and Germany), have suddenly seen the stupidity of trying to sue their own customers into buying ‘product’.

To the contrary, www.p2plawsuits.com (as it’ll be) represents an escalation in the RIAA extortion scheme, a move to streamline the process so the Big 4 can add more victims’ scalps to their belts, faster, lending credence to their false claims that the sue ’em all campaign is stemming the swelling tides of people who are logging onto the p2p networks every minute of every day.

The Big 4 are now making a $1,000 per settlement discount offer to victims who agree to settle, to in effect admit they’re guilty of the RIAA’s charges, before a civil lawsuit is actually lodged.

It’s conservatively estimated that more than 60 million Americans have shared with each other online. Of those, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has managed to ‘target’ (a favourite word) a pitiful few, between 19,000 and 20,000, many of them young children. And it’s being forced to fight every step of the way to turn even those into PR-useable statistics to ‘prove’ the so-called anti-file sharing war is being won.

However, in reality, individuals stand as much chance of being identified by the RIAA as they do of being struck by lightning, as Dr Markus Giesler points out in his Theory of Collective Consumer Risk.

The risk tied to file-sharing is almost zero despite entertainment industry claims to the contrary, he says.

And all the while, the numbers of file sharers not only in the US, but around the world, are steadily growing, not decreasing.

It’s an uphill battle for the multi-billion-dollar labels as they claim they’re being “devastated” and “decimated,” to use two more of their favourite words, by p2p file sharing. And it’s getting steeper as more and more Santangelos, Andersens, Lindors, Barkers and others refuse to “settle” for something they didn’t do.

Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG say files shared equal sales lost, but this claim has again been proven to be disingenuous in an authoritative paper from two American researchers in The Effect of File Sharing on Record Sales: An Empirical Analysis, just published in the Journal of Political Economy, 2007.

Meanwhile, the RIAA is contacting ISPs by letter, says Recording Industry vs The People. The aim is to get the Internet Service Providers to in effect follow the Big 4’s bizarre policy of working against their own customers, the very people upon whom both literally depend for their survival and livelihoods.

A PDF copy of the RIAA letter sent to ISPs is available on my web site

Interesting interview videos of Patricia Santangelo is fighting the RIAA

– Soli Deo Gloria

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