MusicDish e-Journal - December 12, 2018
MusicDish Advertising Network
Search MusicDish e-Journal (Advanced)
Subscribe To MusicDish e-Journal
About | Contact | Advertise | RSS | Submit Article | Submit News | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution
Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network

Industry Switches To The Dark Side
By Eric de Fontenay (Founder & Publisher)
(more articles from this author)
Comment | Email | Print | RSS

Remember the Peer-To-Peer Piracy Prevention Act introduced by Representative Howard L. Berman last July? The bill would have provided a safe harbor for copyright owner "actions designed to prevent the unauthorized distribution of their works" on file sharing systems through the use of "technology that performs interdiction functions." In plain english, the law would give copyright owners 'carte blanche' to attack file sharers computers without fear of criminal prosecution or financial liability.

According to the New York Times, record labels aren't waiting for the green light from Congress as they develop hacking tools with software companies to 'interdict' file sharers' PCs and Internet connections. "Fight fire with fire!" appears to be the new mantra for the industry.

The industry has always had an interesting relation with the hacking world, such as with the SDMI Hacking challenge. The problem is that they usually end up on the losing side of the fight. In the SDMI case, the RIAA was forced to threaten legal action against Princeton University Professor Dr. Feldon to prevent him from publishing his research on cracking the SDMI watermarks.

More recently, Madonna's 'hack' of file sharing systems with fake recordings of her saying, "What the f*** do you think you're doing?" backfired as her own site was hacked in retaliation, directing fans to pirated versions of her full album . The RIAA itself can't seem to keep its own house in order as its site has been KO'ed for a good part of 2003, courtesy of disgruntled hackers.

The point is that going from suing college kids to engaging in a virtual arms race with the hacking community is akin to escalating an invasion of Grenada into a full-blown war with China. There is no overwhelming force you can exert to shut them down and there is little protection from retaliatory actions that can have much more dire consequences than shutting down

But beyond the faulty strategic reasoning lies the more serious legal ramifications. Even Madonna's rather innocent and colorful swipe at file sharers could be interpreted "as a deceptive trade practice, or even outright fraud" according to security columnist Mark Rasch. More importantly, absent enactment of Peer-To-Peer Piracy Prevention Act, record companies could be held liable for any damages or loss resulting from their actions. For example, one reported hack called "silence" would scan a users hard drive and delete any pirated music files. But what if it were to accidently also delete all those songs and albums I just bought from the iTunes Music Store? Or that company presentation unintentionally lost during a "freeze" of my computer? Or imagine a record label getting caught tunnelling through company firewalls to teach a lesson to uncooperative firms like Sun.

My advice to the industry: stick with the lawyers!

- Labels Aim To Shiver Pirates' Timbers

- Madonna's Borderline MP3 Tactics

- RIAA Flames Sun

Related News from Mi2N:
» Berman Introduces Legislation To Foil Peer To Peer Piracy

Home » News Beat » Industry Switches To The Dark Side
Email |Print |Comment |RSS

back | top

MusicDish Advertising Network

News Beat

» indieOn Connects Music to the Blockchain

» 13 Music Label Sold to MTN

» Darcus Beese Named President Of Island Records

» ASCAP Revenues Top $1.144 Billion In 2017

» BMG Appoints New Creative Directors In Nashville

News Beat Directory

» [2018-09-16] Live Nation Electronic Asia Inks Deal With Budweiser For Creamfields Festivals; Together, Creamfields And Budweiser Will Focus On Building Entirely New Content For Dedicated Electronic Music Fans Throughout Asia

» [2018-08-23] Andy Ma Appointed Warner Music China CEO; Andy Ma Has Also Been Appointed EVP, Commercial And Business Development For Greater China

» [2018-08-23] IndieOn Connects Music To The Blockchain; IndieOn Is Confident Of Creating A "music Miner" Who Listens More And Grow Their Token Value

» [2018-06-23] The 2018 MIDEM Silk Road International Music Alliance Signing; International Music Industries Signing Of A Mutual Resource Sharing Agreement With Shanghai Conservatory Of Music & The China Records Group

» [2018-06-06] Screen Music Connect To Explore The Music Of Film, Television And Interactive Media; Created By James Hannigan, Award-winning Composer And Game Music Connect Co-founder, Screen Music Connect Builds On The Success Of The Sold-out Game Music Conferences

» [2018-06-05] Fred Casimir To Develop BMG's Global Recordings Business; As Well As Building BMG's European Infrastructure, Casimir Was Instrumental In Developing BMG's Recordings Business

» [2018-06-03] 13 Music Label Sold To MTN; DSN Music Spins Off Record Label To Albuquerque Music Entrepreneur's New Group

» [2018-06-02] CISAC 2018 Annual Report; A Comprehensive Overview Of The Confederation's Work To Serve 4 Million Creators And 239 Authors Societies Across The World

» [2018-06-02] MusicDish Announces A Love Electric 2018 China Tour; The Tour Will Crisscross Through China With 12 Shows In 8 Cities, Including Guangzhou, Dongguan, Zhuhai, Shenzhen, Kunming, Jiaxin, Wuhan And Beijing

» [2018-06-02] Darcus Beese Named President Of Island Records; Renowned U.K. Music Executive To Join Universal Music Group's U.S. Label Leadership

» [2018-05-17] Avant-Garde Label Maybe Noise Launches In Beijing; The Official Launch Will Be On May 26 At Magnet Theater With A Performance Supporting Its First Vinyl Release: Png Z

» [2018-05-04] Award-Winning Lithuanian Rock Band Colours Of Bubbles "She Is The Darkness" 2018 China Tour; The Tour Will Kickoff In Shanghai Where The Band Will Represent Lithuania During The Country's Signing To The Silk Road Music Alliance
MusicDish Advertising Network

follow MusicDish on
Follow MusicDish on Twitter

Mi2N Music PR


Talented Hip-hop Act, Jon Clawd, Announces The Release Of His First Body Of Works Titled "Fried Fish And Moonshine"

New EP Release From Jazzy Sky - 'Breakfast'

Esoteric Recordings To Release BE-BOP DELUXE "SUNBURST FINISH" 3CD/1DVD Limited Edition Deluxe Boxed Set - November 23, 2018

Cinq Music Partners With Rock Group TRAPT, Drops New Single

Worship Artist XAVIER JOLLIFF Inks Management Deal With The Management Agency (TMA)

The International Radio Festival Announce Final Line Up Of Radio Stations

Websites: Mi2N | MusicDish*China | MusicDish Network | MusicDishTV | Urban Music News Network
Services: Submit Article | Submit News | Submit Video | Artist Development | Premium PR Distribution

Copyright © 1997-2018 MusicDish LLC., all rights reserved.
About MusicDish e-Journal | Contact Us | Advertise | RSS | Internships