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EFF petition asks for end to RIAA lawsuits
from arstechnica.com ........ Condemning the RIAA's endless litany of litigation, concerned consumers and the EFF have taken a stand and started a petition requesting that our elected representatives stop exploitative and detrimental filesharing lawsuits. Referring to a plan for voluntary collective licensing that would enable the music industry to increase its profits without having to perpetuate its futile war against file sharing, the EFF petition calls for the music industry to adapt its business model and accept the technological realities of the modern world:
We oppose the recording industry's decision to attack the public, bankrupt its customers and offer false amnesty to those who would impugn themselves. We call instead for a real amnesty: the development of a legal alternative that preserves file-sharing technology while ensuring that artists are fairly compensated.
The voluntary collective licensing plan proposed by the EFF recognizes the rights of the artists and copyright holders to be compensated for their work and intellectual property. It also recognizes the reality of technological challenges to traditional distribution methods, including file sharing. Under the plan, music fans would make "reasonable regular payments" which would give them the right to share and download whatever music they wish without fear of legal retribution. It's novel idea, but one the labels are unlikely to embrace.
Linking to an article by our own Anders Bylund, the EFF calls for an end to the attacks on innocent parents, children, and college students. The EFF also points out that musicians, who don't benefit from such lawsuits, are now their opposition to the tactics of the recording industry:
This irrational crusade is not generating a single penny for the artists that the RIAA claims to protect. The RIAA should be working to create a rational, legal means by which its customers can take advantage of file sharing technology and pay a fair price for the music they love. With artists increasingly turning against the lawsuits, momentum may be shifting in favor of a better way forward.
The EFF petition has garnered over 90,000 signatures so far, and the EFF plans to deliver the petition to the commerce and judiciary committees in the House and Senate once it reaches 100,000. I have no doubt that many readers here at Ars will help the EFF reach its goal, but will a petition with 100,000 signatures speak louder than well-funded lobbyists? Lately, it seems that our elected representatives are increasingly eager to sacrifice our civil liberties and waste our hard earned dollars. But with control of both houses at stake in this fall's elections, lawmakers may begin to see the wisdom of siding with their constituents rather than exploitative record industry executives, at least if their constituents raise enough of a stink.
"There is also a river called Helikon [in Pieria]. (...) But, they go on to say, the women who killed Orpheus wished to wash off in it the blood-stains, and thereat the River sank underground, so as not to lend its waters to cleanse manslaughter."
—Pausanias, Description of Greece 9. 30. 8
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