RIAA Abandoning Mass Lawsuits In Favor Of Backroom 3 Strikes Policy
Mike Masnick / techdirt:
But, of course, this is the RIAA, so you can rest assured that the details aren’t anything to be happy about. In exchange for not filing mass lawsuits, the RIAA has worked out backroom deals with numerous ISPs (brokered by Andrew Cuomo — who has a history of using baseless threats to get ISPs to censor content they have no legal responsibility to censor). The exact details are a bit sketchy, but it sounds like a variation on the ridiculous three strikes policy that has been (mostly) rejected in Europe as a violation of basic civil rights. Basically, these ISPs will agree to be the RIAA enforcers. Based solely on the RIAA’s flimsy evidence, the ISPs will either pass on, or directly email subscribers with, warning letters. Depending on the specifics of the agreement, the users will get one or two more warning letters before the ISP will start limiting their internet access or potentially cutting them off entirely. If you think this sounds suspiciously like what Europe just rejected, you’re right.
And, of course, the RIAA still says it may sue those who don’t stop file sharing after all of this. They’re just backing away from the mass lawsuit filings that they’ve been doing.