RIAA admits that SOPA & PIPA are useless

Internet freedom activists have been trying to get the RIAA and their ilk to realize the total ineffectiveness of legislation in their battle against piracy, but it turns out that they’ve actually known it for a while now, as lamented in a newly leaked (and incredibly tacky) presentation by RIAA Deputy General Counsel Victoria Sheckler.

The presentation, which was given to members of the ISPI (International Federation of the Phonographic) back in April, points out that even if SOPA and PIPA had become law, they wouldn’t have actually done much to combat piracy; “Legislation,” Sheckler says, “[is] not likely to have been effective tool for music.”

That’s in pretty stark contrast to the words of Sheckler’s own boss, RIAA Chairman Cary Sherman, who said in a letter to the New York Times last December who said it was ‘unacceptable’ that any foreign site “hawking American products or copyrighted works can escape our current laws.” Sherman also took time to praise legislation (unnamed, but obviously referring to SOPA) that could supposedly crack down on piracy, defending it against claims that it could stifle free speech.

The leaked presentation contains a ton of other interesting information, like the RIAA’s plans for future anti-piracy efforts. Besides celebrating victories like the shuttering of LimeWire, the rest of the presentation mostly focuses on the ‘6 Strikes’ process, which would discourage piracy by warning and degrading the service of users who are caught pirating, and even totally terminating the internet access of ‘repeat offenders.’

One last nugget: the RIAA blames Google for SOPA and PIPA’s failure, with one slide claiming that “Opposition to bills, activated by Google, went viral & bills are essentially dead.” Apparently the RIAA is unaware of just how big the backlash generated by SOPA was, and now believes that pro-piracy forces are now manipulating the masses by using the boogeyman of SOPA to block any future anti-piracy legislation. Go figure.

You can check out the entire presentation for yourself here, and be sure to head over to TorrentFreak for their more in-depth analysis.

Via: TorrentFreak
Source: RIAA Presentation

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Good, good... let them continue to believe that Le Goog is their main enemy. That will hold them back - Le Goog's got more guns than they do.

Sadly, the RIAA will continue along as they were,change nothing and still act surprised when they release statements of music sales being down.

haha I dont know how much google had to do with those bills falling over but tip of the hat to them for ruffling the RIAAs non sensical plans.

There's a difference between "Useless" and legislation that cracks down on privacy and infringes on rights.

dvb2000 said,
When is neowin going to start using journalists who understand the english language?

SHUTTERING is not a word!

Yes it is.

dvb2000 said,
When is neowin going to start using journalists who understand the english language?

SHUTTERING is not a word!

Maybe you should learn the English language... Just a thought...

dvb2000 said,
When is neowin going to start using journalists who understand the english language?

SHUTTERING is not a word!


On what planet is it not a word?

dvb2000 said,
When is neowin going to start using journalists who understand the english language?

SHUTTERING is not a word!


http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shuttering
Definition of SHUTTER
transitive verb
1: to close by or as if by shutters <corporations shuttering their production plants>

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/shuttering
tr.v. shut·tered, shut·ter·ing, shut·ters
1. To furnish or close with shutters: locked the doors and shuttered the windows.
2. To cause to cease operations; close down: shuttered the store for the holiday.

Pretty certain its a valid English word used properly, as in they caused LimeWire to cease operations/close down.

uggghh classic Neowin
We have ego's around here where you have a very BIG topic
and we end up having a long winded discussion about grammar
..rather than the topic at hand
Put you dictionary away tech douches and step off your elitist pedestal !

edit:
also if you guys wanna go over board critiqueing the spelling in news articles etc
why don't you submit your own news if you think you can do better ?

I am Not PCyr said,
uggghh classic Neowin
We have ego's around here where you have a very BIG topic
and we end up having a long winded discussion about grammar
..rather than the topic at hand
Put you dictionary away tech douches and step off your elitist pedestal !

edit:
also if you guys wanna go over board critiqueing the spelling in news articles etc
why don't you submit your own news if you think you can do better ?

Right on!!
Amazing how "brilliant" people think they are when anonymous, isn't it? Couldn't have siad what you said any better.

The people that run the RIAA and MPAA are some of the most clueless people on the planet! Thank goodness our government is 1 step behind them on the ignorance scale!!

dvb2000 said,
When is neowin going to start using journalists who understand the english language?

SHUTTERING is not a word!

Grammar police fail.