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ISPs Hit Back at Record Industry

In the ever-shifting battle between unauthorized music downloaders and the Record Industry of America Association (RIAA), the latest salvo comes from the ISP community, which is fed up with playing piggy-in-the-middle and getting saddled with a lot of the costs.

NetCoalition, an organization that represents ISPs across America, has sent a letter to the RIAA today, setting out the problems ISPs face in dealing with the record industry’s litigious approach to point-to-point file sharing.

The letter is in response to the RIAA's announced plans to file lawsuits against hundreds of individual computer users who illegally share music files on the Internet. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the association has sent out about a 1,000 subpoenas in a matter of weeks (see Service Providers Fear P2P Crackdown).

”These are landing on the doorsteps of ISPs up and down the country that do not have legal departments to process them,” says Kevin McGuiness, executive director and general counsel of NetCoalition. He says the two key issues overwhelming ISPs are the costs associated with forcing them to turn off their customers and the privacy issues associated with this.

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— Jo Maitland, Senior Editor, Boardwatch

telebud 12/4/2012 | 11:36:49 PM
re: ISPs Hit Back at Record Industry GǥThese are landing on the doorsteps of ISPs up and down the country that do not have legal departments to process them,Gǥ

Opens the door for Lawyer Jobs in ISP's.
IRAA will come back with it's ISP responsibility
to have legal dept to handle these cases.
Mabey if there is enough legal demand Lawyers
can hire Indian Lawyers to have maximum profit
from ISP's and RIAA.
If Congress kills the H1B visa program they can
create a visa program for lawyers.
Hybrid 12/4/2012 | 11:36:47 PM
re: ISPs Hit Back at Record Industry Hey I think that's a great idea!
It would invite lawyers that can actually spell and construct sentences correctly in the English language into those newly created posts.....
Xenophobe.
telebud 12/4/2012 | 11:36:44 PM
re: ISPs Hit Back at Record Industry Why not extend the Visa program to English Teachers and law professors once they become
members of the American Bar Association.
zipple 12/4/2012 | 11:36:37 PM
re: ISPs Hit Back at Record Industry The right thing to do is for every tom, dick and harry to go to their local court clerk to get a supoena based on copyright infringement until the system is ridiculously overwhelmed.
lightmaven 12/4/2012 | 11:36:13 PM
re: ISPs Hit Back at Record Industry It can be put to a stop if the RIAA tried to figure out a way to have a product worth paying for. Notice the movie industry is just paying lip service, since they have copyrights to protect too. But even with a (relative) proliferation of bootleg movies in the last several years they somehow continue to grow their industry. It's an old industry term called product and innovation. If you ask me I got more content from my LPs 30 years ago than is available today at thrice the price.
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