RIAA Halts Prosecution of Individual Pirates

December 27, 2008

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In a move that generally shocks me, the RIAA has decided to quit filing suit against individual MP3 downloaders, but this shift in policy is not a sign of surrender.  The RIAA has shifted strategies to notifying ISPs of offenders and potentially having them blacklisted from the internet.  

Under the new policy, if an offender is caught downloading copyrighted content illegally three times, the RIAA will request that offenders internet access be revoked.  This could create a whole class of citizens that have been denied access to the fastest growing communications tool humanity has ever seen without so much as a single government hearing.  Even an administrative agency would have to hold a hearing to determine the presence of an infringement.

As telecoms continue to bundle packages that include internet, TV, and voice, would they be forced to revoke all services upon the third infringement?

Full article @ Wired

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