~Crabby–Yeah, I’ll have my surgery with no anesthesia please!
Thanks for mentioning the news on the main page–it’s not a shameless plug since it is in context of our thread here
One thing I forgot to mention earlier is that when I first heard about the RIAA’s campaign I thought that this might actually be good for P2P–that it was really a great advertisement and will get more people to try it out!
Regarding the latest news:
“After it was ruled that Internet service providers don’t have to identify suspected music pirates to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). ISPs are showing zero cooperation with Mitch Brainwol and his lackeys in their latest effort to enlist aid in the fight against music piracy.”
The new story is funny because the RIAA appears so NAIVE. However the fact that the ISPs are ignoring this is not surprising at all:
Minor reason: Since when have you heard of any business doing anything out of “good will” if there is no profit to be made? And here there is only expense–it costs money to employ people to send out letters and such. Also there is a potential loss of business (more on that later).
Major reason: The ISPs have always claimed that they are simply the “pipeline” that carries information and have absolutely no responsibility over the content and they do not monitor it. This would be the equivalent of asking the phone company to tap customer lines and listen for people discussing crime–such as drug deals etc. It’s idiotic. By cooperating with the RIAA letter, ISPs would ruin their claim of irresponsibility setting a precedent which could be used against them in future litigation!!! ISPs have very smart lawyers advising them.
Possible reason: ISPs are pushing high-speed access such as DSL and cable touting the idea that customers will be able to download music at high speed. You keep hearing those TV ads where they praise how quickly little Johnny can download his music vs. a slow dialup connection. Getting people to pay from $30 to $50 a month for internet service is a new huge source of revenue for ISPs–telcos and cable companies. If there is nothing to download, there is no reason for most people to get such high speed connections and they might as well use a cheap $6/mo to $10/mo dialup service. If everything you download online cost money, the download costs would be higher than the ISP’s fee and a lot of people would just cut it off. So it’s in the ISP’s interest that people have free stuff to download online–that’s what sells the service for godsake!
So it’s not really in the ISP’s interest to harrass their customers about downloading some pop songs online! Sheesh!!!
The deCSS story was also good–another thing that sells computers, DVD burners and copy software.