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RIAA Wants 'Net Neutrality' To Include Filtering 212

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "The RIAA is now worried about the FCC's rulemaking concerning Net Neutrality. Specifically, they're worried that the rules might make it difficult for ISPs to filter out copyright infringement and child pornography, so they want to make sure that spying on and filtering internet traffic is okay, so long as it's being done for a good reason, even if it doesn't work correctly and blocks non-infringing content. Incidentally, the RIAA has some justification to lump child pornography and copyright infringement: after all, people might infringe upon the original cover art for the album 'Virgin Killer,' which featured a naked under-aged girl in a way that some consider pornographic. The copyright on it belongs to RCA Records."
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RIAA Wants 'Net Neutrality' To Include Filtering

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  • Classy (Score:5, Interesting)

    by John Betonschaar ( 178617 ) on Friday August 20, 2010 @08:16AM (#33312216)

    The RIAA knows that they won't find much sympathy anywhere if they ask for a carte-blanche on traffic spying just to catch a few illegal MP3's, so they just throw in child pornography, for good measure.

    Seriously, child pornography is the new Godwin for justifying invading privacy and getting constitutional exemptions.

  • Re:Classy (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Thanshin ( 1188877 ) on Friday August 20, 2010 @08:27AM (#33312284)

    Seriously, child pornography is the new Godwin for justifying invading privacy and getting constitutional exemptions.

    The real question is: Why are people still unable to reply "don't use child porn for your benefits", and stop the argument right there?

  • by IBBoard ( 1128019 ) on Friday August 20, 2010 @08:39AM (#33312358) Homepage

    There's always a reason to curtail people's rights:

    Communist witch hunt
    The Cold war
    Child Pornography

    God help us when we encounter the Communist Terrorist Paedophile who was part of the Cold War!

  • by Pezbian ( 1641885 ) on Friday August 20, 2010 @08:45AM (#33312388)

    This reminds me of the episode of "The Office" where Michael Scott becomes butthurt about something and dresses up as Jesus, interrupting people and telling them they're going to hell. The only non-moron in the group tells him he can't push religion and he responds that he either has to push religion or push drugs.

    The RIAA is "The world according to Michael Scott" in a nutshell and taken to an extreme.

  • by isopossu ( 681431 ) on Friday August 20, 2010 @09:00AM (#33312518) Journal

    RIAA and the industry behind it are bound to vanish soon, so they have nothing to lose anymore and they can use any means they wish to gain small wins before the destruction. The problem is that the stupid laws they push will bug people for decades after the nowadays media industry has been buried and forgotten.

    Almost every dying meme or institution works in a same aggressive and self-destructing way. Look at the news.

  • by Kilrah_il ( 1692978 ) on Friday August 20, 2010 @09:21AM (#33312774)

    You know what would be funny? Suppose Google wanted the congress to finally enact laws to help protect Net Neutrality (NN, from now on). They knew the government isn't doing anything and after the Comcast case, NN was in jeopardy.
    So what to do? They team up with one of the big wireless carriers (AKA Verizon) and make up a not-so-bad-but-also-not-so-great deal and that way they have a force major backing up NN. Now there are two options:
    1) People will like the deal and it will be pushed forward -> A good option.
    2) People will be enraged by the compromises and demand the congress enact stronger NN rules (ones that will include wireless traffic)! The congress, being voter-minded will jump on the bandwagon (and having a big company like Verizon supporting NN doesn't hurt also) and push to enact said laws -> A great option!

    So now you have Google, which (for the sake of this post) really does want complete NN as it always said, making a move that is a win-win situation for the NN group. Brilliant!

    I know, to convoluted, but a nice scenario neverthelss.

  • by mdwh2 ( 535323 ) on Friday August 20, 2010 @09:35AM (#33312936) Journal

    It's an interesting point - in the UK, laws against possession of adult (not child) material have been used against pirates ( [] ). But wait a moment, if it's true that piracy harms the producer, and production of said material is bad, surely it's doing good to pirate it...

  • by maxwell demon ( 590494 ) on Friday August 20, 2010 @09:36AM (#33312942) Journal

    Bad way to argue. Better say: "Copyright protects child porn!" It's of course a bull shit argument, but it links copyright to child porn, instead of contrasting it to child porn, as your argument does. And most people will not think any further anyway if they hear "child porn".

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