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Thread: Riaa-coats Are Coming...?

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    How 'protected' are we sharing our files with others on p2p?...see article on following website:

    4 students sued over music trading software....

  2. File Sharing   -   #2
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    corby northants uk
    well when they come they come it's your choice either share or not to i live in uk i dont worry me about the riaa

  3. File Sharing   -   #3
    First of all, they were sharing files from a college, wich, depending on the college, can be the stupidest thing to do, sice most colleges have pretty tight security for p2p appz nowadays....if U'r just a regular "home sharer" then the only "danger" U might just possibly be in, is to get a letter from your ISP, telling U to stop sharing...but even that only happens to a few people

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    Again, get yourself peerguardian to block specific internet cops and the RIAA/MPAA. As their IP changes, updates are warranted, so keep the updates.

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    Jibbler's Avatar proud member of MDS
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    Originally posted by mobboss01@4 April 2003 - 21:16
    Again, get yourself peerguardian to block specific internet cops and the RIAA/MPAA. As their IP changes, updates are warranted, so keep the updates.
    Dude, the RIAA is a powerless joke. If they had any true legal power, this p2p thing would have been done years ago. Even the RIAA has admitted that filesharing will be an ongoing problem, with no end in sight. Also, it is not illegal to copy and share music, as long as you do not PROFIT from the work of others. Unfortunately, the music/movie industry never expected people to use the internet for purposes like this.

    By the way, blocking suspected IPs is a waste of time. The RIAA can use ANY pc with internet access to download files from you. Once they have downloaded a suspected copyrighted file, they can get a search warrant, in any state, to monitor your internet activity. They do this from your ISP's location, so you'll never know that you're being watched until its too late.
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    MOST of the blocked ip addresses in peer guardian are of companies DEDICATED to the destruction of p2p networks. And only ISPs like AOL have RIAA moles working from the inside.

    It is true that RIAA/MPAA/BSA/others could get residential broadband connections and go after copyright violators BUT... they'd have to get a business liscence/business connection (which costs more money than regular connections) to do it or be in violation of the law.

    Peer Guardian v1.95 beta blocks the BIGGEST threats IMO. Although blocking RIAA/MPAA themselves is just a spite thing as RIAA/MPAA seldom do things like that directly and instead contract out such work...

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    neevakee's Avatar the bad spelller BT Rep: +9BT Rep +9
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    half the problem was that thery created there own network. It was a few students sharing about a million of songs. So the RIAA wants them gone before there network spreads and they have another KaZaa to worry about.

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    HELL-you will be too_$oon enough
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    here is the story from cnn
    LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- The recording industry is expanding its fight against illegal Internet content swapping by suing four college students for allegedly offering more than 1 million copies of popular music.

    In lawsuits filed Thursday in federal courts in New York, New Jersey and Michigan, the Recording Industry of America asked that the sites be shut down and that it be paid maximum damages of $150,000 per song.

    The RIAA said the file-sharing systems were being run by students at Princeton University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Michigan Technological University. The schools were not named as defendants.

    The RIAA said the offenses were akin to those committed by Napster, which was ordered shut down after the courts found it violated musical copyrights.

    "These systems are just as illegal and operate in the same manner," RIAA President Cary Sherman said in a statement.

    The action reflects a recent trend in which the entertainment industry has become more aggressive in pursuing copyright infringers.

    Four entertainment industry groups sent a letter to 2,300 university presidents last year, urging a tough stand on copyright infringement, and in January a federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled that Verizon Communications Inc. must identify an Internet subscriber suspected of illegally offering more than 600 songs from well known artists. The RIAA had sought the user's identity with a subpoena approved under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

    In February, the RIAA joined with the Motion Picture Association of America in sending a six-page brochure to Fortune 1000 corporations that suggested corporate policies and offered a sample memo to employees warning against using company computers to download content from the Web.

    The suits allege the students stored thousands of songs on a central server and made them available to students, staff, administrators and others with access to their schools' high-speed Internet networks. The songs could be downloaded using standard Web browsers.

    The universities said they were investigating the claims. All the schools have policies prohibiting the use of their computer networks for copyright infringement.

    Princeton spokeswoman Lauren Robinson-Brown said the school is unable to constantly monitor its network, but does take swift action when told of copyright infringement. The school removed the site within 24 hours of being notified, she said.

    The legal action irritated Michigan Technological University President Curtis Tompkins, who said he wished the music industry had contacted the school, as he said it had done in the past when copyright infringements were discovered.

    "Had you followed the previous methods established in notification of a violation, we would have shut off the student and not allowed the problem to grow to the size and scope that it is today," Tompkins wrote Thursday in a letter to the RIAA's Sherman.

    The RIAA said the massive nature of the alleged offenses required a strong response.

    "This is not an instance of an individual student simply offering up some sound recordings on a Web site," said Matthew Oppenheim, senior vice president of business and legal affairs for the RIAA.

    In the Michigan case, Oppenheim said, the student ran a network offering more than 650,000 music files for downloading, in addition to 1,866 songs from his own personal collection.

    "It would be our hope that universities are aware of what is happening on their networks," he said. "The onus shouldn't rest on any given copyright holder to provide a warning to an individual when something of this size and scope is happening."

  9. File Sharing   -   #9
    If you receive such a notice you could always switch isp's, it's also possbile to disconnect if people are tracking your connection, if you have a dialup it becomes very difficult to track you down. I personally live in Australia and am wondering if I am in much danger in general.

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    clocker's Avatar Shovel Ready
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    I guess it was inevitable that the RIAA/MPAA would want to stage a show trial to air their anger at p2p participants and it will be interesting to track the progress of this action. Clearly, they are going for maximum media attention by involving high profile universities ( even though as yet the schools themselves aren't cited) and by asking for such egregious fines. This tactic may serve to garner a lot of press coverage but I think it only serves to highlight the basic problem that they face- they only indicted four people. Out of millions. Can they really afford the time , money and possible public backlash that expanding this pogrom would entail?
    It will be interesting to watch the number of downloads of Kazaa on sites like and see just how much of a deterrent this grandstanding will be.
    "I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg

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