Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by Lisa Simeone, Mar 16, 2012.
American ISPs to launch massive copyright spying scheme on July 12
>If you download potentially copyrighted software, videos or music, your Internet service provider (ISP) has been watching, and they’re coming for you.
And there's the problem in a nutshell. The ISP (via the MPAA and the RIAA) is going to be determining whether something is infringing, not a court.
The dumbest part are the six exceptions that you're limited to claiming, one of which is the presumption of no copyright protection only for materials created before 1923.
The simple fact of the matter is the most materials created between 1923 & 1978 are now in the public domain in the U.S. This isn't going to fly. They'll lose a few lawsuits and give up, then the mostly obsolete recording industry will have to come up with plan D for staying alive. By getting ISP's to agree to these restrictions (protection for non-copyright materials that we have every right to copy & share), I foresee some anti-trust lawsuits coming up that will turn out to be extremely expensive for RIAA, MPAA & the ISP's stupid enough to sign on.
RIAA & MPAA in effect are becoming professional standards organizations for ISP, and they will be every bit as liable for anti-trust violations (collusion, fixing the terms of business) as the ISP's themselves.
Some of your colleagues are going to have a field day.
Absolutely. I expect EFF will lead the charge - they still do all the things they've always done, but they've been focusing on copyright issues the last few years.
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