More Big Music bullshit

I’d  promised myself I wouldn’t let let Big Music back into my life, not by by buying or downloading any more corporate music crap, not by writing about it in my new blog.

I’ve easily kept the first promise, but I couldn’t let this slide by.

Organised Music is still determined to get punters by the short-and-curlies.

It’s been said many times that the corporate labels have for decades been ripping people off with shoddy products, and by refusing to go with the flow by accepting we’re now in  a brand-new digital world with brand-new digital ways of doing things, including business, on- and off-line .

Back  in January, 2009, “We are not working with them on this,” Verizon spokeswoman Ellen Yu told Wired.

‘This’ was the so called graduated response ‘three strikes’ scheme touted by the corporate music-industry owned RIAA as the definitive solution to the’ piracy’ problem caused mainly by teenagers sharing songs online.

Comcast, “declined to comment, and referred inquiries to the National Cable & Telecommunications Association” whereupon, “The group’s vice president, Brian Dietz, said he could not confirm any deals ”The NCTA, “represents dozens of cable internet providers,” said the story.

AT&T, “declined comment,” and Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Charter Communications, “did not return repeated phone calls for comment”.

The idea was  to convince the world that  the music industry was being “devastated”  (their word)  by file sharing, and that files shared directly equalled sales lost.

Anyone infringing (violating) Big Music copyrights was/is exactly the same as a thief who walks into a store and steals a CD off the shelf, the labels maintained.

The assertion is obvious nonsense. In fact,  in 2004, Felix Oberholzer and Koleman Strumpf seriously upset the the Organized Music cartel anti-p2p propaganda applecart when they released The Effect of File Sharing on Record Sales: An Empirical Analysis.

In it, they concluded, “Downloads have an effect on sales which is statistically indistinguishable from zero, despite rather precise estimates,” and their research has been echoing loudly ever since.

Next, in a paper in the Journal of Political Economy, 2007, they said it again.

Oberholzer, from Harvard University Business School, and Strumpf, from University of Kansas, School of Business, in their 2007 follow-up, also called The Effect of File Sharing on Record Sales: An Empirical Analysis, again stated unequivocally:

“Downloads have an effect on sales that is statistically indistinguishable from zero.” They went on, “Our estimates are inconsistent with claims that file sharing is the primary reason for the decline in music sales during our study period.”

Nor were  the two academics by any means alone  in their conclusions.

40,000 innocent Americans

Big Music has  inflicted all kinds of misery to to some 40,000 innocent Americans, including young children, accusing them of being criminals and thieves.  Even worse, they got away with it, year after year without letup.

Under attack  was a dead grandmother, who didn’t even own a computer, a former Vietnam helicopter pilot,  a man living in a homeless shelter — a 12-year-old child, a disabled mother, a woman seriously ill from multiple sclerosis, an elderly home health aide who doesn’t know one end of a computer from another, among many others. And all in the name of copyright infringement.

Literally hundreds of millions of people shared with each other all day, every day, on a variety of P2P applications, and they still do.

A Chicago student threatened to kill herself after being terrorised by Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony BMG’s RIAA  as part of their sue ‘em all marketing campaign

But the labels  demanded, and are still demanding, that  SPs engage in copyright protection as part of their businesses  by targeting their own customers.

Outright lies

The RIAA  had been trying for years  to get  Internet service providers to screw their own customers by acting as corporate copyright enforcers.

Despite outright lies  on the part of the labels that this had been achieved, it hadn’t.

In dammit recently,  I wrote  Grokster, rebooted or … ‘Everything is a remix  in which I tried to underscore the point there’s nothing new in the world, music included, or the way in which the  corporate labels insist on abusing their own customers.

Six strikes and you’re out

When it comes to the corporate music cartels, it’s the same same old  same old.

In its latest iteration, the three strikes ‘graduated response’  scam has been miraculously transformed into  the  six strikes” anti-piracy program.  And now,  “after a couple of delays, it’s set to launch by the end of the year,” says  PC World.

After years of persecuting and terrorising thousands of innocent families and their children across the United States, Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony BMG  are trying another way to to force people to buy their cookie-cutter‘product’.

Their RIAA was, “set to drop its legal assault as it searches for more effective ways to combat online music piracy,” said the Wall Street Journal. Because the RIAA took it as read that ISPs would step right up and act as corporate copyright cops.

Center for copyright misinformation

Remember MediaDefender and MediaSentry?

Now  meet Mark Monitor.

 “You may recall an effort on the part of the Center for Copyright Information to start a six-strike warning system for repeat copyright infringers, says Web Pro News, continuing.

“The plan called for tracking of Internet users and calling them out when they were found to be downloading copyrighted content. The warning system was to be put in place last year, but has been delayed numerous times. Now it looks like it may finally be launching before the end of this year.

The  six-strike system is reportedly ready  to go.

Says the  CCI on its webpage, “ [the] CCI was formed in September 2011 as part of a collaborative effort between U.S. content creators in the movie and music industries and leading Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to develop a ground breaking Copyright Alert System (“CAS”) and educational framework intended to inform the public about and deter copyright infringement through direct communication with consumers.   (Jill) Lesser  ( the woman in charge) will help lead the group in its work with the partner ISPs and content owners to implement the CAS, which is focused on the inadvertent or purposeful unauthorized distribution of copyrighted content through peer-to-peer networks.”

And not at alll coincidentally,  “Executive Board members of CCI include Vice Chairman Steven M. Marks, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Recording Industry Association of America; and Marianne Grant, Senior Vice President, Motion Picture Association of America;

Now, “The only thing standing in its way is a reluctance on the part of ISPs to start warning subscribers,”  says the story. Thefirst one out of the gate will be seen as betraying the privacy of their subscribers, and they could start to lose said subscribers, says Web Pro News.

The CCI will also be dishing out, “Copyright Alerts, part of a  “progressive educational system to help subscribers understand the significance of protecting copyright in the digital environment, to advise them about the importance of avoiding inadvertent or intentional online distribution of copyrighted content, and to suggest legal ways to obtain digital content”, it says.

“These alerts will be similar to current credit card fraud alerts. Today, when fraud is detected on a consumer’s credit card account, the credit card company notifies the consumer by an email, a text message or a phone call.  Like credit card fraud alerts, Copyright Alerts are intended to be educational for consumers, helping consumers take action to protect themselves, their internet accounts and home networks.

“The Copyright Alert system applies to peer-to-peer* file sharing of digital copyrighted content.  It does not address other possible forms of online copyright infringement involving the downloading or streaming of copyrighted content.  We anticipate, and data suggests, that the educational information provided in an alert will lead to very few subscribers who persist (or allow others to persist) in illegal file sharing.  While subscribers who receive multiple alerts may ultimately warrant a mitigation measure, we expect those measures to be rare.”

Here’s how  it’ll work:

“Under this system content owners (represented by MPAA and RIAA) will notify a participating ISP when they believe their copyrights are being misused online by a specific computer (identified by its Internet Protocol (“IP”) address which indicates the connection to the Internet). The ISP will determine which of its subscriber accounts was allocated the specified IP address at the applicable date and time and then send an alert to the subscriber whose account has been identified.

“The alert will notify the subscriber that his/her account may have been misused for potentially illegal file sharing, explain and why the action is illegal and a violation of the ISP’s policies and provide advice about how to avoid receiving further alerts as well as how to locate film, television and music content legally.

“Alerts will be non-punitive and progressive in nature.

“Successive alerts will reinforce the seriousness of the copyright infringement and inform the recipient how to address the activity that is precipitating the alerts.

“For users who repeatedly fail to respond to alerts, the alerts will inform them of steps that will be taken to mitigate the ongoing distribution of copyrighted content through their accounts.

The current plan is to simultaneously launch the effort across the five largest ISPs in America – Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner Cable and Cablevision. These ISPs will begin testing the warning system in November,  says Web Pro News.

According to reports, the CCI has hired MarkMonitor to find the identity of alleged pirates.

MarkMonitor  is owned by  giant media companies Thomson Reuters.

Meanwhile, it’s  really simple: sharing is caring, not stealing.

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