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]