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RIAA wants the Internet shut down


Interesting argument of the day


By Nick Farrell: Wednesday 29 November 2006, 08:38


ONE OF THE lawyers involved in defending cases bought against people by the RIAA claims that if the music industry wins a crucial case, the Internet will have to be switched off.

Speaking on the DefectiveByDesign anti-DRM campaign site, Ray Beckerman said the case of Electro vs. Barker has become very important for the web's future.


Barker was being defended by Beckerman who made a motion to dismiss the case because the RIAA had forgot to provide any acts or dates or times of copyright infringement as the law normally requires.


The RIAA argued that by merely making files available on the Internet Barker was making a copyright infringement.


Beckerman said that it was a shocking argument because if it were accepted by the court it would probably shut down the entire Internet. If you send any file on the Net the RIAA will be allowed to suspect that you are in breach of copyright.


What was more disturbing is that the RIAA called up its mates in Washington to back it up. Apparently the United States Government has put in motions supporting the RIAA.


Article url - http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=36027



If their crazy reasoning is accepted then this will criminalize making any files available on the world wide web.....which is obviously a bit stupid....but it's pretty much how the RIAA work....


"They have an investigator pretend to be a user of KAZAA or one of the other similar file-sharing networks. He finds a shared files folder that has a goodly number of copyrighted songs in it. He has no idea whether those song files were obtained legally, whether though payed downloads, or through making personal copies from one's own CD for backup purposes, or whether anything illegal was ever done with those files, whether anyone ever copied one. And what he does: he takes a screen shot of this shared files folders (He of course does not see the folders, he merely sees the text in the metadata) and decides that this is a big shared file folder.

...Then through some secret process which he will not share with us and has tried to conceal from the courts, he then associates it with a dynamic ip address. And then, after he has what he believes is the correct dynamic ip address, for the date and time at which he made that screen shot, he then brings a proceeding to get the name and address of the subscriber who paid for the internet access, which of course would tell us nothing. But once he gets that information he then sues the person."


-Ray Beckerman



Screwing up the entire Internet seems a highly unlikely move in that it would probably derail the world economy and put thousands of huge transnational corporations out of business. An outcome more likely to happen if this ruling is accepted is that it would further pave the way for government regulation and tracking of the Internet, namely "Internet 2," a completely controlled, surveilled and autocratic cyber police state similar to the Chinese model, whereby website owners have to obtain government permission to run a blog, be approved by a biometric thumb scan just to turn their computer on, and immediately get their Internet access shut off if they misbehave.


This case is another attack arm of forces in government and the corporate structure that seek to suffocate the last outpost of true freedom of speech and dissent and it must be countered at all costs.

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Well, I don't actually think it's as simple as just turning off the Interent but more a suggestion that the internet wouldn't be able to function as it is today.


Under new ideas that have been in progress for years now, big business that rely on the Internet will be able to continue but a completely new system of file transfer protocol will be used - with older ones being completely blocked.

This is due to a switch to a whole new network and is being called for by many people.


It's all dressed up though. Claims are being made that the new system will be faster and safer but it's all about limited user freedom because only certain types of encripted video and auido will be allowed to exist. With applications and a licence needed to even make a site of your own. The application for a site would need a description of content and this would be under review as new rules/laws would stop anything deemd "hate speech" - 99% of what I write is probably considered "hate speech" which is where the big problems begin...


It's pretty much a Chinese Internet system for the world......it's a horrible idea but I think we need to be at least aware that there are people out there trying to make this happen.

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