Confirmation That Record Labels Wanted ISPs To Spy On Users And Report Infringement To RIAA

from the no-surprise dept

This is hardly surprising, given previous statements and actions, but a redaction failure by the UK government in a Freedom of Information document handover resulted in TorrentFreak being able to see how Lucian Grainge (now CEO of Universal Music) explained to Peter Mandelson (whom he was lobbying to create the Digital Economy Act) how they wanted ISPs to report directly to record labels on people who might be file sharing, so the labels could take legal action:
"As ISPs can monitor the amount of power used by specific users and the sites connected to, it is possible for ISPs to pass on any details to owners of particular rights, who could then take legal action."
This, of course, is the dream state for the industry, though they haven't been able to get anyone to really go that far yet. Still, it is interesting to see them directly bringing it up with lawmakers.
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Filed Under: copyright cops, digital economy bill, isps, lucian grainge, peter mandelson, uk


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    Jay (profile), 3 Aug 2011 @ 4:27pm

    Can we sue the RIAA for privacy violations should a third party just hand over information?

    We should also sue the ISP, challenging the laws on this (such as the Patriot Act) that force them to retain this data.

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