RIAA Tries To Avoid Paying Expensive Lawyers By Bullying ISPs

Hey, RIAA…we do the ISP bullying around here! Those lovable rascals that form the music monopoly we all know and love have decided to scale back their lawsuit program and concentrate on bullying your ISP into forwarding you a settlement offer and possibly turning over your logs. From Slashdot:

“The RIAA has sent out a letter to the ISPs telling them to stop making mistakes in identifying subscribers, and offering a ‘Pre-Doe settlement option’ — with a discount of ‘$1000 or more’ — to their subscribers, if and only if the ISP agrees to preserve its logs for 180 days. Other interesting points in the letter (PDF): the RIAA will be launching a web site for ‘early settlements,’ http://www.p2plawsuits.com”

That’s cool, just bypass the legal system with a scary letter and a website. ISPs aren’t going to fall for this, are they? Comcast? Verizon? Are you there? —MEGHANN MARCO

RIAA Admits ISPs Have Misidentified “John Does” [Slashdot via Gizmodo]


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  1. timmus says:

    Man, you can’t buy this kind of publicity. The RIAA has dug their hole so deep you need a flashlight.

  2. Hitchcock says:

    First off, I would think this is designed to scare the smaller ISPs. Not the Verizon’s of the world, but the small carriers, and mom and pop DSL providers like DSLExtreme. They might not have the resources to stand up to the RIAA.

    Also, I wonder if ISP’s might not go along willingly. I work with several smaller ISPs and I know many of them have either tried blocking bit torrent entirely, or purposefully dial down the throughput of torrents while leaving other traffic unhindered. This is due to the sheer volume of not only bandwidth, but sessions that bit torrents use. All ISP’s oversell their severice because the majority of users only use a tiny amount of bandwidth, and do so in bursts.

    I think many of them would LOVE to have an excuse to boot heavy torrent users who cost them money. Especially if with the RIAA’s new program the RIAA offers them part of every settlement. The ISP will manage to rid themselves of someone they consider a nuisance while getting a small bit of change in return.

  3. LatherRinseRepeat says:

    I’m wondering why no law enforcement agency hasn’t stepped in to stop RIAA. Based on current and previous stories of their actions, it’s pretty obvious that RIAA are nothing more than extortionists. They make the mob look like boy scouts.

  4. mechanismatic says:

    I don’t understand what the big uproar is about. This is great! The RIAA is having a sale. 25% off all settlements, now through Sunday. Maybe they’ll have a buy one, get one free settlement deal where you can sign up with a friend to split your settlement fees. We could have a Consumerist article on how to negotiate the best settlement…

    Oh wait. The RIAA doesn’t negotiate. And this isn’t really a sale since they’re selling nothing but threats and bullshit… Never mind.

  5. TPK says:

    I see someone making a run for that title!

  6. royal72 says:

    i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again, FUCK YOU riaa and i mean that in the sweetest way :) i’m still waiting for the record companies to go bye bye and i’m more than happy to buy from artists directly.

  7. Xkeeper says:

    mechanismatic wins the best comment ever award.

    But seriously, what else is new? RIAA being dickheads, no one stopping them.

    It’s like the Nazi t-shirts.

  8. John Stracke says:

    When the RIAA has a headache, they have to go to a proctologist.

  9. Maulleigh says:

    Comcast and Verizon never stand for bullshit. Never.