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RIAA adopts new antipiracy strategy

The record industry has dropped its longtime legal strategy of targeting individuals suspected of sharing music files online and is working instead with Internet service providers to send warnings before considering a lawsuit.The new strategy, disclosed Friday, doesn’t mean the Recording Industry Association of America will stop filing lawsuits. However, legal action will be directed only at people who ignore repeated notices. The new tactic would have not affect on pending lawsuits. The RIAA told The Wall Street Journal that the industry was changing to a tactic that it believed would be more effective in reducing the amount of illegal file sharing that takes place on peer-to-peer Web sites.

The RIAA’s lack of effectiveness so far is reflected in the latest numbers from consulting firm the NPD Group. In the third quarter of this year, the number of people sharing music on P2P sites held steady at 14%, but the number of tracks shared rose by 23%. In the meantime, CD sales continue to plummet. Under the new strategy, the RIAA is working with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and ISPs on a number of voluntary online anti-piracy initiatives that would include service providers passing along RIAA copyright infringement notices to subscribers. Those people who ignore repeated notices would face the possibility of having their service reduced and possibly suspended before a lawsuit is considered. In return for ISP cooperation, the RIAA would no longer file lawsuits to force the service providers to turn over identifying information of suspected illegal file sharers.

Source: InfoWeek


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  1. thosebastards
    December 20th, 2008 | 11:55

    I thought that they where already doing this…i know of alot of people who have gotten these notices from their internet providers aabout downloading music…and the 3 strike rule.

  2. dc
    December 20th, 2008 | 11:55

    The more you push against what you don’t want, the more power you give it. Like the war on drugs has created more drug issues.

  3. Guy
    December 20th, 2008 | 11:57

    This seems a lot more reasonable.

  4. megalouis
    December 20th, 2008 | 11:59

    I do not know why they waste their time on such things, I download things i cant buy at my local shop because i live in a backward country which releases things late, and I delete the files after watching/listening once anyway.

  5. aolsucks
    December 20th, 2008 | 12:02

    it’s about time and who uses p2p nowadays RS.COM and other hosts FTW.

  6. James A
    December 20th, 2008 | 12:03

    It refers to file sharing sites, how does this relate to rapidshare?

    could we be caught for using rs?

  7. Ingenjör
    December 20th, 2008 | 12:06

    That’s a war, that cannot be winned.

  8. afriend
    December 20th, 2008 | 12:09

    well theres a way forward to beating this american bully,why should american laws effect europe??i dont see songwriters and artists beggin on the street or in council houses if they didnt spend it on rubbish like 4 houses 10 cars stupid holidays they dont need they be ok as for the riiaa someone petrol bomb there head office please telling us whzt to do and not do the people who r behind it is the jews in wall street taking the cuts of the profits and not putting anything back in its there loss not mine i dont see anyone moaning about the big pay wages for the record companies do u?? anyway the way to stop piracy is perform live at concerts ditch the record companies and make the riia earn there money instead of being a sit on your arse make quickbucks scam

  9. @7
    December 20th, 2008 | 12:14

    @7 how can you be caught using RS if RS is still not willing to log/ give out any customer data? it’s just impossible. also RS isn’t based in the US so they don’t have to abide US law anyways.

  10. James A
    December 20th, 2008 | 12:18

    ….well thats good to hear.

    Does anyone know if ISP’s can see what you download? e.g…

    The Last Continent 2007 DVDRip XviD-VoMiT.avi

  11. Golfpro
    December 20th, 2008 | 12:20

    I seem to remember reading something in the UK Times Newspaper as while ago where Lord Triesman (UK Govt spokesman on such issues) mentioned RS (in same breath as torrenting). So in the UK probably yes re RS as getting pulled into this.

  12. neb
    December 20th, 2008 | 12:34

    So how will the RIAA know that someone is a repeat offender ? The ISPs will send the notices so RIAA won’t know the names. With dynamic IPs they won’t know if someone has been warned one or 100 times.

  13. Baz
    December 20th, 2008 | 12:38

    @ 11,
    i’m not sure about where you are from but i live in ireland and work for a ISP i get emails coming through now and again but they are few and far between stating that a certain ip address has downloaded and certain movie with the date and ask that the company take appropriate action and cancel the customers contract. but as far as i was told that for the moment that the emails just get deleted and they they dont take any notice of them. they dont come from the RIAA but come from the main film distribution companys. i’ll have a look through my mails to see if i can find one and i’ll post it up here so you can see the cr#p they send. looks just like scare tactics to me.

  14. busted
    December 20th, 2008 | 12:44

    I have been busted twice and my isp has sent me mail and called me on phone about sharing stuff. so now i dont dl anthing with torrents and yes i was using peerguardan. so becarefull out there and no iam not with the riaa or anyother goverment group i am just saying becarefull with torrents.

  15. Bjorn
    December 20th, 2008 | 12:48

    When they say CD sales is going down I wonder if they take into account new internet based services such as iTunes and Spotify! Although Spotify probably hasn’t been live long enough to affect their numbers much I’m pretty sure iTunes has!

    This is an interesting read on the subject too: http://www.hno.harvard.edu/gazette/2004/04.15/09-filesharing.html

  16. @11
    December 20th, 2008 | 12:51

    dunno where you’re from but usually there should be lots of laws making it absolutely illegal for your ISP to spy on you. at least where i live at that would violate all kinds of privacy laws. one-click-hosters/usenet are just perfect for now and years to come. only way to take them down would be to force them to log data like torrentspy was by the RIAA. but then they could just move to another country like torrent sites do it all the time, only their legal stand is way more solid.

    as long as your not uploading there is nothing to be afraid of anyways, never heard of any country where downloading can actually be prosecuted …

  17. lol
    December 20th, 2008 | 12:51

    sucks for you

  18. Mmmmmmmmm
    December 20th, 2008 | 13:03

    means nothing if you live outside the US and if you do they will never catch you anyway because they do not have enough time, money or resuorces.

  19. chav
    December 20th, 2008 | 13:08


    i also live in ireland and i worked for an isp up until about a month ago… and you are absolutely right. the emails just get deleted and ignored.

  20. lanz637
    December 20th, 2008 | 13:09

    The general rule, as it was explained to me, is that music, movies or anything that you own, once purchased is yours to do with as you wish.
    This includes sharing it with others as long as you do not sell or rent the material for profit without forwarding proceeds to the author.
    Most file sharers are not selling the stuff on the streets.
    They got it from some source which is difficult to prove was or was not purchased at some point.
    Therefore no ISP or even the RIAA can effectively prove that the original content was acquired illegally.
    Property and ownership laws differ in each country. Therefore they cannot win a legal battle against a sharing community without first proving that the members each violated the rule of law in their country or the country in which the servers reside.

    The new move is as useless as all the others.
    If you get a warning simply write your ISP and advise them that your rights are being infringed and further warnings from them will void your service contract and may result in your taking legal action against them. Furthermore, legal action may be brought against the individual ISP employee who issuesd the notice on the grounds of harassment. They always back down, give you a big service rebate and leave you the heck alone.

  21. maxx323
    December 20th, 2008 | 13:15

    someone should have the money to get a test case going to show those money collecting music corps whos the daddy

  22. baz
    December 20th, 2008 | 13:20

    (well hello fellow irish person). ive been scanning through my mails sorry but cant find and cant be arsed but ye get the idea from my last post. anyway they just get deleted :-)

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  24. Petrovich
    December 20th, 2008 | 13:24


    In Germany, the pure act of downloading copyrighted material _can_ be prosecuted, but very rarely is. Yet.

  25. @25
    December 20th, 2008 | 13:43

    dude i(#10 + #17)’m from germany. i know that downloading warez has probably become illegal this year because you’re no longer allowed to use “obviously illegaly publicly made avaiblable” material for making your private copies but state attorneys are advised not to prosecute minor cases (under hundreds of files) and the fine for non-comercial cases has been capped @ 100€. so it’s more like weed in the netherlands: de jure illegal but de facto nothing can happen to you ;)

  26. RanCorX2
    December 20th, 2008 | 14:17

    FU RIAA, what a load of tos*ers.

  27. Adolf
    December 20th, 2008 | 14:18

    This shows how they catch people: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6jeEJQi8qk
    If people just use peer guardian they wont get caught.

  28. Vodoo
    December 20th, 2008 | 14:41

    CD sales plummet….what about DVD sales ?

    real point is that modern media = quantity over quality.

  29. anon
    December 20th, 2008 | 15:47

    Come on, do you people that live else where have to put up with this crap? Or is just NY that bugs and taxes the crap out of you ?

  30. chumley
    December 20th, 2008 | 15:51

    “afriend” it has nothing to do with “american bullys” a lot of these tough laws come from other countries. Besides this free stuff we keep getting cant go on forever. I think its ridiculous that you think it should and that you get mad when people try to stop you from doing illegal things. You have to understand where theyre coming from, just look it as sport if anything and brush it off when they get mad but dont get mad yourself when youre the one stealing and they find away to stop you.

  31. newt182
    December 20th, 2008 | 16:09

    “Those people who ignore repeated notices would face the possibility of having their service reduced and possibly suspended”

    My ISP wouldn’t be getting any money from me if they reduce my service in anyway. They had better have a hard think about what they are doing since most web traffic is people who are file sharing. Plus we all already know the whole thing is a load of BS and if they did decide to check or monitor what data i am downloading, they would be breaking the law.

  32. Tadler
    December 20th, 2008 | 16:25

    @29 Adolf

    The award goes to you for dumbest statement of the day!!!

    PeerGuardian is nothing but a usless tool for slowing down torrent speeds (75% + of the IPs they block are harmless or completely legit), while giving completely FLASE reasurance of protection from being busted… if you think PG2 is hiding ANYTHING you download… you are a fücktard and deserve the trouble you are going to get into!!!

  33. busted
    December 20th, 2008 | 17:16

    @tadler correct like i said i was using peerguardian and still got busted PG doesnt work

  34. @34
    December 20th, 2008 | 17:17

    your fault if you believe your ´´safe´´ behind PG but it’s surely better than nothing. btw if only 75% of the IPs it blocks were harmless (thus 25% harmful) we would be soooo fcked :D PG blocks 2,4 billion IPs = more than half of all available IPs ;) -> 25% of that = 600 million RIAA agents :P

    @32 chumley

    if it’s not illegal it’s not illegal.
    until this year it was legal for me to download and share stuff for private purpose, just like using a VCR is. why shoudln’t i be mad if something natural that has always been allowed is suddenly declared illegal?

  35. screw you rls log
    December 20th, 2008 | 17:39

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  36. Zaide
    December 20th, 2008 | 18:51

    I love how they keep blaming CD sales on their campaign. CD sales were steadily rising until the iTunes store opened up in 2001. That really can’t be coincidence. Even if piracy ended today, CD sales would never go back up.

  37. wEEEE
    December 20th, 2008 | 21:16

    Simple Solution.

    Uninstall any P2P automatic sharing software ares, limewire…etc

    “Buy” Youtube Get, any song u want u’ll find it there eventually, download it from there.

    In that way, u won’t be sharing any music, u’ll just keep it to urself.

  38. Dexter
    December 20th, 2008 | 21:18

    CD sales actually rose in Australia this year. S0 that blows their little case out of the water.

    The anti p2p industry is now a full time concern.Raking in millions a year from record companies.Now who is ripping of who?

  39. 3R4ZOR
    December 20th, 2008 | 22:00

    No one can see my ISP information without my permission. That is in my contract. Just with a court request.
    I do use ED2K and Torrent and all p2p software i want and i dont’t care!
    I buy it if i like it and if i have the money.
    Riaa=dirty money=plutocracy -> F..k off!!
    Long live P2P file and all other kinds of sharing that this rotten selfish society needs!!!!!!!

  40. NikiLLxD
    December 20th, 2008 | 22:32

    It seems like everytime they find a new way, people downloading is always one step ahead of them, if not more .
    When i download movies, i do it because, like some tv shows, fx one i watch , 24, airs everywhere in the spring, and it airs where i live in fall . Can’t wait that long .
    But sitll i buy the box set and watch it on tv when it does come . the same with movies, can’t wait until they get to my country, but still buy the movies and watch them in cinema .

    Have a feeling it’s gonna be an endless war .

  41. A Large Hadron
    December 21st, 2008 | 16:32

    It definitely is a case of quantity over quality.

    Just recall a time long past, when you’d buy a vinyl album which had great cover art, lots of information & extra photos in sleeve, sometimes even a folded up poster.

    They were cheaper than the current price of CD’s which have less dynamic range, very small sleeves and therefore NO inherent value for collecting and owning.

    I mean it’s come to the point where you don’t even WANT to clutter your house with CD’s, since they take up room and MP3s (which often don’t have much quality difference) don’t take up any room at all and are more convenient.

    You’re not *missing out* on anything by grabbing MP3s instead of a CD. That’s the bottom line. So yes, CD sales will continue to plummet, as they are slowly but surely becoming an obsolete technology.

    Does the RIAA, in their projections, take into account that CDs are not being sold much because less people want them since iTunes and iPhones etc. are much more convenient?

    If they sold merchandise which had *actual value*, as vinyl releases used to, they’d have a product. At the moment, they simply don’t have a viable product for the long term.

    They just can’t admit it – yet. If they’re really trying to achieve anything, it’s to buy time while they think up a solution.

  42. clueless
    January 8th, 2009 | 00:52

    is this just in the U.S. or elsewhere

  43. sasa
    May 19th, 2009 | 02:49

    Thank God I do not have to worry about these draconian laws as long as I live in a FREE COUNTRY. GOOD RIDDENS USA.

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