RIAA President holds massive weight over your family

RIAA President Cary Sherman has an interesting job. He represents many different companies, for he happens to be the CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America. Now, his job is set to get a little bit more interesting, come June 12th. In the United States, Sherman will receive the ability to completely ruin your life if you download an album or a movie.. and then he can also ruin your children's education too.

BoingBoing.net makes some very good points about the weight Sherman will hold over ISPs and their users. Should he demand it, ISPs will be forced to cut off their customers and the families of these customers should he be feeling particularly devious. After pressure from the Obama administration the five main internet service providers will be cooperating with Cary Sherman in his new role as a witch-hunter.

You'll also lose your ability to call 911 over VOIP, if Sherman decides you are not worthy. One stolen album for one lost life? Seems like good business to the RIAA. Sherman represents the same group of people, applying the same "lolgic" which came to the conclusion an iPod's musical content is worth $8 billion. SOPA could have just been the beginning, but the fun is only getting started for the RIAA in particular. The future of the internet could be changed by one group, and it seems possible it will happen, too.

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I have a large collection of music and if I download something I already own because it's easier than finding the disc again to load it what then? I'm sure that if you got shut down and owned everything you downloaded that could cause a problem. I also buy lots of movies and prefer to have the version where I'm not forced to watch 20 mins of advertising because I'm certain I didn't pay for that I just wanted the movie thank you.

Can someone tell me where there is now state or federal law that mandates that ISPs have to do this? Last time I looked the RIAA is nothing more than a governing body for a bunch of companies. They have no more power over me than the Walmart down the street. This honestly makes no sense.

DING DONG ..... who is it ........ President Cary Sherman...... kids, hunny can you come here and bend over daddy's been a bit naughty and downloaded a copy of funky chicken now we're all going to get screwed

EDIT: Actually, I take my comment back. Disallowing the children of a criminal to access the Internet could be very detrimental to their education.

The RIAA and government should target only those who download illegally, not their innocent families as well.

I could give a **** less about whoever the he-she or she-he is.

They have no weight over my family and they never have nor ever will.

And damn str8 the American people will fight back! We just need to remember how to riot like in the days of LA and Vietname. This whole occupy movement was like 2nd rate.

Won't happen. The American people will fight back. This guy is just ****ed that SOPA didn't rule in his favor.

CMG_90 said,
Won't happen. The American people will fight back. This guy is just ****ed that SOPA didn't rule in his favor.

Don't underestimate the allure of apathy.

Finally someone is on the same page. I'll meet you in California when it happens. LOL. Also if this happens, I guest I'll set up a quest to buy USB wifi adapters and go around cafes and downloading pirated music. LOL.


Jack O Neill said,
I pray for the zombie apocalypse like The Walking Dead.... So I can rid my life of the worthless people of this world...

Jack O Neill said,
I pray for the zombie apocalypse like The Walking Dead.... So I can rid my life of the worthless people of this world...

There's an awesome gun store in my town. I'm going there first, meet you at walmart.

VoX said,
Oh look another target for Anonymous to wipe off the planet. Bye Shermy! What a complete fool.

DoSing some site for a few hours isn't exactly wiping them off the planet.

VoX said,
Oh look another target for Anonymous to wipe off the planet. Bye Shermy! What a complete fool.

The only fool is you. Hacking a site does not get rid of them.

th3r3turn said,
"One stolen album for one lost life?" OK now you sound like a idiot.

Why does he sound like an idiot? Yeah, not many people use VOIP for their telephone, but for the people who do it will be impossible to call emergency services if Cary has shut it down on suspicion of piracy. It's a simple logical conclusion in an unlikely but possible hypothetical.

th3r3turn said,
"One stolen album for one lost life?" OK now you sound like a idiot.

Explain how dying due to your inability to call 911 due to this guy cutting off your ISP access is far-fetched.

Jaybonaut said,

Explain how dying due to your inability to call 911 due to this guy cutting off your ISP access is far-fetched.

Because it is and it will never happen.