EFF Responds to RIAA's New ISP Bully Tactics

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation, or EFF, has responded to the RIAA's new method of extorting money from people, and, surprise surprise, they don't like it. They take issue not only with the fact that this whole operation is designed to circumvent the law, but also that the RIAA is asking ISPs to keep track of IP records of potential pirates.

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EFF and others have long warned that copyright claims could become an altar on which personal privacy is sacrificed. Now the RIAA wants your ISP to voluntarily wield the knife, and there's no telling what else the RIAA might ask for once this cut has been made.

It is indeed a slippery slope, one that we really don't want to be sliding down. The notion of a non-governmental agency having the power to strong-arm its way into your personal internet surfing history is scary, especially when you aren't even notified that it's happening. This could open the door to huge abuses of privacy, turning our private web use into a goldmine not only for greedy sleazebuckets like the RIAA but also greedy sleazebucket marketer researchers and advertisers.

So now the ball is in the ISPs courts. Will they bend over to this new demand from the RIAA? We definitely need to be putting pressure on ISPs to let them know that we're paying attention and that their customers won't stand having their private records sold out to thugs.

EFF [via Broadband Reports]

DISCUSSION

I cannot help but be optimistic in regarding this situation. This is the "BIG DEAL" that has needed to happen in order for us to get that HUGE SHIFT in how we think about particular issues. It has happened all throughout history. There is a tipping point at which tyranny is no longer accepted. This is the precursor to our age's equivalent of the Boston Tea Party. This has been building for more than twenty years, you know. People are tired of being bullied. People are tired of being told that the ideas and thought in their head belong to someone else. The sounds of the song you were hearing when you had your first kiss, or the first movie you saw that inspired you to dream... If they lay claim to one thought and succeed, then where will they stop? Well, don't worry. I am an optimist, and I know that change is inevitable. History is our friend, and our best teacher. The good news now... Everyone is connected to the Internet, talking, and cannot be kept in the dark like before twenty years ago.

Sorry. Hippy rant over. I love you guys. :-)