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Shea Warnes

I am sorry but I can't get my head around RIAA.

They're a bunch of old dogs refusing to learn any new tricks. Scare mongering and punishment seems they're only weapon of choice!

Instead of trying to file law suits against everyone and everything, why don't they go a different route. Use ISPs to enact the 3 strike rule.

Instead of shutting down Shawn Fenning and Napster, but working with his creativity to build a music benefiting iTunes.

A bit of court action does work but only temporarily. 6 months later illegal filesharing will be back at peak numbers.

I say get the ISPs involved.

It's obvious ISPs profit from broadband due to illegal filesharing. Would love to to see a ratio of legal vs illegal downloading/streaming.



I believe someone has to stand for the protection of copyright and intellectual capital for writers. While some musicians do not mind giving their music for free, others do have an issue with not being compensated for their craft. You can not blame those who choose not to give their work for free.

That said, the RIAA is certainly one of the few organizations that need to keep their stronghold on piracy. There needs to be pressure exerted against piracy and if the RIAA does not do it, who will? I firmly believe that they are certainly doing their job in the area of exerting pressure against piracy.

However, one area of concern are companies that have piggybacked on the music industry. Companies such as Google, Apple and the ISPs. They are stretching technological innovation but unfortunately, since they are publicly traded companies, it is all about the bottom line and shareholder wealth. Apple's bread and butter is hardware. Google's is search. The ISPs is charging for faster speeds. Can some agreement be made? The unfortunate answer is that the bargaining power has shifted to these companies. Steve Jobs for example is quite cunning and has made Apple into a powerhouse. How can Apple control operating systems, music devices, phone devices, computers as well as manage content through iTunes? Talk about controlling distribution and hardware. It is Apple's world.

Changing cultures on file-sharing will be tough for the RIAA. iTunes only sells to 23 countries. What about the other countries, where piracy is more prevalent because they do not have legal alternatives? I think there is a lot of work to do to turn to tide in a positive direction. For example, in Germany, YouTube is still not paying songwriters. Again, it is Google with the bargaining power. As long as technology companies enjoy the bargaining power, piracy will still roam strong.

In regards to ISPs, how would you divide the monies? Music, movies, TV, software, games, ebooks and so forth. Measurement and tracking is the easy part. The hard part is figuring out how to distribute any "entertainment tax" from ISPs. The RIAA in my opinion would love the 3-strike rule. Easier said than done though. Let us hope for the better.

Constantine Roussos

Shea Warnes

Check out England's Digital Economy Act. ISPs can take responsibility in two ways.

Either take a percentage of their revenue and pay the intellectual property dependent industries such as Music, Film/TV, Books.

Or acknowledge when illegal downloading is taking place: letter of warning - last warning - shut down or limit the bandwith.
needs to be pressure exerted on piracy. what do you think should happen?

It has been proven time and time again that
The RIAA just doesn't get it. You say there filing law suits is a temporary measure that only makes music listeners more cynical in the long-term. They went on a law-suit massacre about 2 years ago and nothing changed.

Illegal file-sharing is not about a lack of legal alternatives. It's about social consumption and trends.



In the 60's China had a successful cultural and behavioral change by killing people.

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