More Recording Industry Schinnanigans

It seems like the Recording industry and Hollywood will do anything that they can to cut out competition and cartelize the internet.  They have not learned to make a better product, but instead want to go back to the good (or bad) old days when they had not real competition.

I got this email from demandprogress.org.

http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/backdoor_sopa/?akid=1282.1947785.D6w5pK&rd=1&t=2

Please sign the petition.  I appears that we will have to be ever vigilant, because our enemies are tireless.

Take Action: ISPs Selling Out Customers, Pushing Backdoor SOPA

They’re selling us out.  Just weeks after Internet users from across the globe came together to to beat SOPA, the major ISPs are cutting a deal with Big Content to restrict web access for users who are accused of piracy.

It’ll do much of the dirty work we were able to prevent when we took down SOPA, this time by restricting certain Americans’ access to the WHOLE Internet.

The details are fuzzy, but the head of the Recording Industry Association of America’s bragged this week that ISPs will start policing copyright by July of this year.  Here’s RT’s take:

Some of the biggest Internet service providers in America plan to adopt policies that will punish customers for copyright infringement, and one of the top trade groups in the music biz announced this week that it could begin as soon as this summer….

RIAA CEO Cary Sherman was one of the guest speakers among a New York panel this week and he confirmed that, at this rate, some of the most powerful Internet providers in America should have their new policies on the books by July 12, 2012.

The ISPs are poised to start treating their customers like criminals, restricting their access to the Internet.  And they’re cutting us off at the knees just ast we’ve begun to force a new conversation about Internet freedom and copyright law.

Please sign on to our open letter demanding they back down:

OPEN LETTER TO INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS: Just weeks after the Internet banded together to beat back SOPA you’ve apparently chosen out your customers. You’re undermining the emerging new dialogue about Internet freedom in America.  We need you to back down from your “graduate response” plan.
Just add your name at right to sign on to our petition to the ISPs.

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