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RIAA Looking to Pin Piracy Surcharges on ISPs

Submitted by: Dark Volcanic @ 09:21 AM | Thursday, March 13, 2008 | (url: http://www.wired....)

"Having failed to stop piracy by suing internet users, the music industry is for the first time seriously considering a file sharing surcharge that internet service providers would collect from users.

In recent months, some of the major labels have warmed to a pitch by Jim Griffin, one of the idea's chief proponents, to seek an extra fee on broadband connections and to use the money to compensate rights holders for music that's shared online. Griffin, who consults on digital strategy for three of the four majors, will argue his case at what promises to be a heated discussion Friday at South by Southwest.

"It's monetizing the anarchy," says Peter Jenner, head of the International Music Manager's Forum, who plans to join Griffin on the panel."


03-13-08 - 09:38 AM
lol good luck with that. We don't own your business but we're gonna make you charge extra for your service!
03-13-08 - 02:17 PM
They'll lobby and get a law made.
03-13-08 - 02:27 PM
South by Southwest is over priced, their sushi sucks and their kobe beef is disappointing. 2 hours of waiting for "sushi steak fusion" at $35 a plate? Fuck those guys. Sushitarian is better.
03-13-08 - 02:51 PM
Originally posted by Edofnor  
South by Southwest is over priced, their sushi sucks and their kobe beef is disappointing. 2 hours of waiting for "sushi steak fusion" at $35 a plate? Fuck those guys. Sushitarian is better.
wat
03-13-08 - 04:39 PM
Screw the "music industry". They want to fill records with crappy filler songs, force you to pay for the stupid jewel case (worth more than the CD). If they delivered a quality product, people would pay for it.
03-13-08 - 07:31 PM
this wont go over well. too many people that do not pirate anything will be up in arms about having to pay a fine for something they didnt do. and then it will get dumb when the movie people try to get a piece of the pie.

this wont work, and if it does, it wont be long until it is deemed unlawful.
03-14-08 - 08:47 AM
Speaking individually, and not as a whole....if a $5 a month surcharge tacked on to my internet bill would finally legitimize P2P music sharing and put this whole thing to rest once and for all I'd support it.
03-14-08 - 11:29 PM
Hahaha

Ok. So if this happened - I'd start downloading music.


PS: I'm in Australia - so the law wouldn't apply to us :D
03-15-08 - 01:07 AM
It would only make sense that legislators (and consumers) would allow a dying industry to dampen the progress of a thriving industry.
03-15-08 - 12:40 PM
Dying industry thrashing about. Gogo Radiohead and NIN!
03-15-08 - 09:32 PM
Originally posted by SniperWhôre  
Speaking individually, and not as a whole....if a $5 a month surcharge tacked on to my internet bill would finally legitimize P2P music sharing and put this whole thing to rest once and for all I'd support it.
But I bet they still wouldn't let it be legitimized. They'd still go after people and crack down on p2p networks.
03-16-08 - 12:47 PM
next up: Banks to put "Robbery Surcharges" on gas station prices
03-23-08 - 06:26 PM
Didn't this exact thing happen with VHS tapes way back when? Or was that just in Canuckistan?
03-26-08 - 04:44 PM
someone should nuke the RIAA. What a bunch of faggots.
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