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A New Way They Are Stopping Illegal Music Sharing

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A New Way They Are Stopping Illegal Music Sharing
« on: December 19, 2008, 06:46:59 PM »
http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/patterson/31678

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RIAA to halt lawsuits, cozy up to ISPs instead
Fri Dec 19, 2008 10:18AM EST
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Buzz up!on Yahoo!At last, the music industry admits what we've known for years: That filing music-swapping lawsuits against teenagers, little old ladies, and corpses is a fool's errand (not to mention an expensive headache for the defendants). But don't worry—the RIAA has something new up its sleeves.

The new strategy (as reported by the Wall Street Journal): If the music industry finds out that you're swapping music files online, it'll send an e-mail to your ISP (agreements have already hashed out agreements with "some" unnamed service providers, apparently), which will in turn forward the message to you—probably with a little "P.S." asking you to stop. [Update: CNET has a copy of the RIAA's form letter to ISPs.]

If you don't stop, well ... your service provider probably won't sue you, but it might slow down your broadband connection, or cut off your service altogether.

So, why has the RIAA changed the play? Well, maybe it's been looking at reports like this one from the NPD Group, which shows that U.S. CD sales continue to slide, while the number of tunes shared via P2P sites continues to increase, despite all the litigation.

And then there's the disastrous headlines, as the RIAA relentlessly tracked down and sued tens of thousands of alleged music pirates. Among them: Kids, octogenarians, and a few dead people.

Reaction to the news? Mixed. Engadget's headline reads (in part): "RIAA finds its soul," with the story noting that while the RIAA reserves the right to go after "heavy uploaders or repeat offenders ... it appears that single mothers are in the clear."

All Things Digital has a darker outlook, speculating that ISPs—which "care about the cost of moving lots of data around … [and] want to make money by selling, renting, or just offering up Hollywood's movies and TV shows to subscribers"—might be more than content to "cut off file-sharers … [or] simply [charge] heavy file-sharers a lot of money."

And here's another possibility, courtesy of yours truly: Say your ISP catches you sharing tunes via P2P. No problem—download away! But when you get your next cable bill, you'll find the itemized songs added to your monthly charge, kind of like an iTunes bill.

Call it the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" strategy.

P.S. Make no mistake—just because the RIAA has stopped filing new music-swapping lawsuits doesn't mean that it's dropped the existing ones, according to the Journal. Quite the contrary.

no more fear of being sued, just lagged a bit

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Re: A New Way They Are Stopping Illegal Music Sharing
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2008, 06:56:01 PM »
Uhh, what is this downloaded music you speak of? I buy all my songs off iTunes.....
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Re: A New Way They Are Stopping Illegal Music Sharing
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2008, 06:58:29 PM »
This is why CDs right now are becoming obsolete.


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Re: A New Way They Are Stopping Illegal Music Sharing
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2008, 07:33:43 PM »
NEVER!

CDs can be signed and have cover art and extra goodies, stickers, etc!!

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Re: A New Way They Are Stopping Illegal Music Sharing
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2008, 11:21:50 PM »
recent cds i bought

The Killers new cd, and Guns n' roses new cd

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Re: A New Way They Are Stopping Illegal Music Sharing
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2008, 12:06:08 AM »
gross dude

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Re: A New Way They Are Stopping Illegal Music Sharing
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2008, 12:22:56 AM »
Uhh, what is this downloaded music you speak of? I carve lyrics into rock and sing them in my free time.
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Re: A New Way They Are Stopping Illegal Music Sharing
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2008, 06:52:08 AM »
hmm lol my thing is id like to know how they really know what your doing i mean i could be downloading anime mp3's and they would be Like OMG hes downloading something.mp3 what is that!? its an mp3 so were gonna do this when its not even somthing they have in their library but just because its .mp3 it might happen, also if the p2p's were really smart they would zip up the mp3's although not nessisary and a minor nuisance but if the file is anything but a .mp3 the download would be under the radar because theres no way the ISP is hiring the staff required to monitor what every internet user is doing like at school so all they do is have some pre programed monitor flags like .mp3 so if they changed the file extention but not even the file it would probably skip through the radars and no one would know.. but of cource the hakers are not as smart and thorough as i would be.

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Re: A New Way They Are Stopping Illegal Music Sharing
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2008, 02:39:58 PM »
If they REALLY want to get rid of downloading music why not just take down all the programs that there main P2P is music. or videos. anything that you must pay for.
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Re: A New Way They Are Stopping Illegal Music Sharing
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2008, 11:43:15 AM »
as mentioned above it would cost to much money reward some bad guys and not be viable enough to make a profit.

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Re: A New Way They Are Stopping Illegal Music Sharing
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2008, 09:25:45 AM »
Quite the tricky method that the RIAA has come up with. I haven't downloaded in freakin' MONTHS because Limewire has so many viruses. It's not like RIAA could slow down my computer any more! [nonono]
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Re: A New Way They Are Stopping Illegal Music Sharing
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2008, 10:59:16 AM »
its not the comp its the internet your isp cam controll how its serving you.

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Re: A New Way They Are Stopping Illegal Music Sharing
« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2008, 02:02:19 PM »
JUST SHUT DOWN THE INTERWEBZ. problem solved.
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Re: A New Way They Are Stopping Illegal Music Sharing
« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2008, 01:41:12 AM »
lol everyproblem but the web addiction

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Re: A New Way They Are Stopping Illegal Music Sharing
« Reply #14 on: December 24, 2008, 02:52:32 AM »
well no internet will cure the adiction~!

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Re: A New Way They Are Stopping Illegal Music Sharing
« Reply #15 on: December 24, 2008, 03:57:33 AM »
OMG NOW WE CAN HAV ALL THE WAR3Z WE W4N7 AHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH!!

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Re: A New Way They Are Stopping Illegal Music Sharing
« Reply #16 on: December 24, 2008, 02:09:19 PM »
Everyone HAS to realize without the internet hundreds of THOUSANDS of kids would be more active.
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Re: A New Way They Are Stopping Illegal Music Sharing
« Reply #17 on: December 25, 2008, 01:08:59 AM »
lol i played nintendo before the web the web didnt create me i made me who i am.

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Re: A New Way They Are Stopping Illegal Music Sharing
« Reply #18 on: December 25, 2008, 01:21:08 AM »
Everyone HAS to realize without the internet hundreds of THOUSANDS of kids would be more active.

and another couple thousand would actually get a life.
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« Reply #19 on: December 25, 2008, 04:14:06 PM »
yep, specially you.
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