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No More Illegal song downloads!
Posted 12/19/08 , edited 12/21/08
RIAA to halt lawsuits, cozy up to ISPs instead


Fri Dec 19, 2008 10:18AM EST

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.

http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/patterson/31678 <<< link

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NOOOOO >_< What about those japanese songs which you can't find anywhere? TT_TT hhuhuhu
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(I have a solution for this... I think XD)
Just use Hot Spot shield (Doesn't it make have a fake virtual IP address)
and its not illegal (then again, I think)
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thank god i dont live in the states
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Lucky_star101 wrote:

thank god i dont live in the states


SO is it only in the states? (they didn't clarify it)
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haha.. I've also read this in yahoo.. ^__^ ..
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shikanarukez wrote:


Lucky_star101 wrote:

thank god i dont live in the states


SO is it only in the states? (they didn't clarify it)


i think so
its not in my country for sure
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so eveyone who lives in america and makes AMVs is gonna get in trouble
that sucks lol
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Lucky_star101 wrote:


shikanarukez wrote:


Lucky_star101 wrote:

thank god i dont live in the states


SO is it only in the states? (they didn't clarify it)


i think so
its not in my country for sure


and how would you know that >_<
I think its an international thing
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i hope it's not in my country until i get a job.
once i get one i'll gladly buy all those cds.
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Sigh I only DL songs if I'm really desperate like with K-pop and stuff...
But usually I can find Dir en grey and such :]
Posted 12/19/08
looks like i won't be able to update my ipod for a while.
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lmao...... they will put a price in the air someday...
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Shit Just Got Real!
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That totally sux crap..
Posted 12/19/08 , edited 12/19/08
Even Lime Wire?
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just go througha proxy and dl all u want lol
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