posted on Jun, 30 2012 @ 11:43 PM
The RIAA and MPAA has made a backdoor agreement to shut down anyone breaking copyright in the U.S. According to the measure the first four times
someone is caught breaking copyright they will have their bandwidth throttled, and websites they can visit filtered. This would continue until the
person paid $35.00 for "educational material". After that, they could could face permanent unplugging from the Internet, and face being sued by the
RIAA and MPAA afterwards. According to the contract, the ISP's are obligated to hand over your personal data so you can be sued.
Last summer major ISPs including Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and Cablevision signed off on a new plan by the RIAA and MPAA taking aim at copyright
infringers on their networks. According to the plan, after four warnings ISPs are to begin taking "mitigation measures," which range from throttling
a user connection to filtering access to websites until users acknowledge receipt of "educational material." As you might expect, that educational
material's chapter on fair use rights likely won't exist. The plan, as with most plans of this type, was hashed out privately with the government's
help -- but with no consumer or independent expert insight. As a result groups like the EFF say the plan has massive problems, like relying on the IP
address as proof of guilt, placing the burden of proof on the consumer, while forcing users to pay a $35 fee if they'd like to try and protest their
This is upsetting, because the ISP's have circumvented the courts in punishing infringers. This is automatic guilt according to your IP address
alone. No judge, nor jury needed to find you guilty and have you fined and punished.
Another question is what will be considered copyright infringement to them? Will a negative movie review on a blog that uses a photo bring down the
wrath of the MPAA. Will a music snippet from a YouTube video be considered a slap on the hand. It just sounds to me like the wolves are now going to
be guarding the hen house.
Off topic: Yay my first thread!