The Debate Over RIAA Lawsuits Misses The Point

Ed Felten’s got a post where he tries to clarify the debate over the EFF’s recent report on the state of the RIAA suing individuals for file sharing. Ed, along with others, are trying to make a point that it’s not proper to criticize the RIAA for bringing these suits without offering some alternative techniques … Continue reading “The Debate Over RIAA Lawsuits Misses The Point”

Ed Felten’s got a post where he tries to clarify the debate over the EFF’s recent report on the state of the RIAA suing individuals for file sharing.

Ed, along with others, are trying to make a point that it’s not proper to criticize the RIAA for bringing these suits without offering some alternative techniques for taking action to prevent widespread copyright violations on the Internet.

People who don’t like the RIAA’s litigous agenda need to come up with a workable alternative. Too many people on the anti-RIAA side like to criticize every attempt to enforce current copyright laws without suggesting alternative enforcement mechanisms, and without proposing an alternative legal regime. I’m not comfortable with simply shrugging at wide-spread piracy and telling the RIAA to lower their prices and stop whining.

I think that to some extent this approach ignores a couple of important points.

The first is that the law (in this case the DMCA) gives copyright holders a complete methodology for how to stop individuals they find who are engaging in illegal sharing of files through the “take down” provisions. All they have to do is complain to an ISP about specific instances of file sharing and action will be taken, no questions asked (at least if the ISP wants to be able to avail themselves of the DMCA “safe harbor” from liability). The Act also requires ISPs to terminate accounts for repeat offenders.

This set of provisions is a far more effective and less costly means of actually stopping the activity of gross infringers than lawsuits will ever be. I know the RIAA hasn’t been shy about using this method with universities. I don’t know to what extent they use it with commercial ISPs.

The second point I’d make is that right now the evidence is that online file sharing is probably not costing the RIAA’s members much in lost sales. Take a look at yesterday’s post in Chris Anderson’s Long Tail blog, examining recent sales statistics in mainstream media:

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Mixed:

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09-28-08.MP3 13775-KmailNotify-0.1.theme.bz2 20080923-earthDEV.sql 27503-iKmailNotify16.tar.gz 28165-cm81.skz 32434-justmail.tar.gz 47469-glassartamarok2.tar.gz 78061-plasma-applet-quicklauncher-0.4.tar.gz 78494-prettytasks-0.0.0.3.tar.gz 80.248.217.41.sql.zip 84618-qalculate_applet-0.3.tar.gz Abel Herrero.zip addcommentmacro(2).zip addcommentmacro.zip adobeair_linux_b1_091508.bin adsense-manager.zip ajaxContact.zip ajax_jquery_form.zip ajax-validation.php alps_problem.png arrow1.6.jpg ati-driver-installer-8-8-x86.x86_64.run autoboss_v2_pc_m7shsh_com.rar automattic_latex_fix.diff avatar.jpeg bbctransmission(2).diff bbctransmission.diff boundaries.png Brief for Copy of Specialoffers – Paperdeals.co.uk.ppt btn_donateCC_LG.gif carp_le_4.zip casey-anthony.png cenew(2).sql cenew(3).sql cenew.sql cenew.sql.zip Change to SpecialOffers.org.uk – 18th Sept 2008.ppt chrisfer_peakstocksdev.sql chrisfer_wrdp1.sql col_cats.tgz Contractor Agreement.zip dbKalendar.skz delic_news_source.zip domains thorsten.ods earth.1.png earth_new.png Earth.org Tech Architecture.pdf earth.png earth_user.png edu-best-moments-03-07.iso emailnotify_v0.3.1.tar embed_code.diff error_log export_recent_to_flickr.phps Fax_5804327e9_071618086384_20081021_1053.pdf Fax_5804327e9_071618086384_20081021105525.pdf FirePHPLibrary-FirePHPCore-0.1.2.tar.gz footer_blank.png fseidels-btsco-05a.tar.bz2 game.html game_manager_db.png get-custom.zip Harvest.wdgt.zip index(2).php index.php JanBorsodi.zip jquery-1.2.6.min.js KARTA.jpg kathynida.com.wordpress.2008-10-03.xml kde3to4-0.0.4.tar.gz keys live-search-popup.1.4.7.zip logo.png logo-small.png lwp-15.0.skz MailWidget209.zip multipage.zip munin.conf onenews.zip oren_converted.txt oren_sreebnys_weblog_keywords_konverted1.txt oren_sreebnys_weblog_keywords_konverted.txt oren_sreebnys_weblog.txt pages.rar Paper-Deals-colour-header.jpg paper-deals-content.jpg Paper-Deals.jpg PaperDeals-Logo.jpg Paper-Deals-white-header.jpg pd_banner.jpg pd_content_banner.jpg peerreviewplugin.zip php_mailing.pdf php.zip pmh2421a_080824 pmh2421a_080824.txt Products.CacheSetup-1.2.tar.gz prologue_internal.tar.gz promotionalcodes.rar promotio_promotionalcodes(2).sql promotio_promotionalcodes.sql publickey r3r_lydd(2).zip r3r_lydd.zip r3r.rar R3R.rar r3rwordpress.sql Rogon — Videoportal — Table Template — 080915 1725 — SR.rar sampleetdom.zip sample PDF for Thorsten.pdf Sample PDF( Page 58).pdf sandbox_comments.diff Sandbox.zip sandpress.zip screenie.jpeg screen.png screenshot35.png search_with_embedded_video.png site-lisp.zip snapshot1.png specialoffers(2).sql special_offers_button_anim2.rar specialoffers.org.uk_2008.10.07_04.42 special_offers.rar specialoffers.sql SQL – Joe Celko’s Trees And Hierarchies in SQL for Smarties.pdf tmp.txt To Do 2.1.zip transmission_cache.diff twit3.gif twit5.gif types.rar validation.warnings.fixes.8841.patch widgetbox.diff WIP.jpg wordpress.2008-09-19.xml wordpress.2008-09-25.xml wordpress.2008-09-28.xml wordpress.2008-09-29.xml wordpress.2008-09-30(2).xml wordpress.2008-09-30(3).xml wordpress.2008-09-30.xml wordpress.2008-10-01(2).xml wordpress.2008-10-01(3).xml wordpress.2008-10-01.xml wordpress.2008-10-02.xml wordpress.2008-10-06.xml wordpress.2008-10-11.xml wordpress.2008-10-16.xml wordpress.2008-10-16.zip wordpress.2008-10-19.xml wordpress.2008-10-21.xml wordpress.2008-10-23.xml wordpress-2.6.2(2).tar.gz wordpress-2.6.2.tar.gz wordpress-mu-2.6.1.tar.gz wordpress-stats.sql wordpress-test(2).sql wordpress-test.sql wordpress_wxr.xml wp-1.xml wp-2.xml wp-3.xml wp-4.xml wp-5.xml wp-6.xml wp-7.xml wp-8.xml wp-content wp-includes_update.patch wp-maclean.tgz wp-tag-a-e.xml wp-tag-f-i.xml wp-tag-j-m.xml wp-tag-m-q.xml wp-tag-r-t.xml wp-tag-u-z.xml wp-wbx-widget.php xmlrpc-2.2.1.tar.gz Magazines: Ad revenues are up a bit although the number of ad pages is flat (they’re charging more per page). Circulation is also flat, while newsstand sales are at an all-time low.
09-28-08.MP3 13775-KmailNotify-0.1.theme.bz2 20080923-earthDEV.sql 27503-iKmailNotify16.tar.gz 28165-cm81.skz 32434-justmail.tar.gz 47469-glassartamarok2.tar.gz 78061-plasma-applet-quicklauncher-0.4.tar.gz 78494-prettytasks-0.0.0.3.tar.gz 80.248.217.41.sql.zip 84618-qalculate_applet-0.3.tar.gz Abel Herrero.zip addcommentmacro(2).zip addcommentmacro.zip adobeair_linux_b1_091508.bin adsense-manager.zip ajaxContact.zip ajax_jquery_form.zip ajax-validation.php alps_problem.png arrow1.6.jpg ati-driver-installer-8-8-x86.x86_64.run autoboss_v2_pc_m7shsh_com.rar automattic_latex_fix.diff avatar.jpeg bbctransmission(2).diff bbctransmission.diff boundaries.png Brief for Copy of Specialoffers – Paperdeals.co.uk.ppt btn_donateCC_LG.gif carp_le_4.zip casey-anthony.png cenew(2).sql cenew(3).sql cenew.sql cenew.sql.zip Change to SpecialOffers.org.uk – 18th Sept 2008.ppt chrisfer_peakstocksdev.sql chrisfer_wrdp1.sql col_cats.tgz Contractor Agreement.zip dbKalendar.skz delic_news_source.zip domains thorsten.ods earth.1.png earth_new.png Earth.org Tech Architecture.pdf earth.png earth_user.png edu-best-moments-03-07.iso emailnotify_v0.3.1.tar embed_code.diff error_log export_recent_to_flickr.phps Fax_5804327e9_071618086384_20081021_1053.pdf Fax_5804327e9_071618086384_20081021105525.pdf FirePHPLibrary-FirePHPCore-0.1.2.tar.gz footer_blank.png fseidels-btsco-05a.tar.bz2 game.html game_manager_db.png get-custom.zip Harvest.wdgt.zip index(2).php index.php JanBorsodi.zip jquery-1.2.6.min.js KARTA.jpg kathynida.com.wordpress.2008-10-03.xml kde3to4-0.0.4.tar.gz keys live-search-popup.1.4.7.zip logo.png logo-small.png lwp-15.0.skz MailWidget209.zip multipage.zip munin.conf onenews.zip oren_converted.txt oren_sreebnys_weblog_keywords_konverted1.txt oren_sreebnys_weblog_keywords_konverted.txt oren_sreebnys_weblog.txt pages.rar Paper-Deals-colour-header.jpg paper-deals-content.jpg Paper-Deals.jpg PaperDeals-Logo.jpg Paper-Deals-white-header.jpg pd_banner.jpg pd_content_banner.jpg peerreviewplugin.zip php_mailing.pdf php.zip pmh2421a_080824 pmh2421a_080824.txt Products.CacheSetup-1.2.tar.gz prologue_internal.tar.gz promotionalcodes.rar promotio_promotionalcodes(2).sql promotio_promotionalcodes.sql publickey r3r_lydd(2).zip r3r_lydd.zip r3r.rar R3R.rar r3rwordpress.sql Rogon — Videoportal — Table Template — 080915 1725 — SR.rar sampleetdom.zip sample PDF for Thorsten.pdf Sample PDF( Page 58).pdf sandbox_comments.diff Sandbox.zip sandpress.zip screenie.jpeg screen.png screenshot35.png search_with_embedded_video.png site-lisp.zip snapshot1.png specialoffers(2).sql special_offers_button_anim2.rar specialoffers.org.uk_2008.10.07_04.42 special_offers.rar specialoffers.sql SQL – Joe Celko’s Trees And Hierarchies in SQL for Smarties.pdf tmp.txt To Do 2.1.zip transmission_cache.diff twit3.gif twit5.gif types.rar validation.warnings.fixes.8841.patch widgetbox.diff WIP.jpg wordpress.2008-09-19.xml wordpress.2008-09-25.xml wordpress.2008-09-28.xml wordpress.2008-09-29.xml wordpress.2008-09-30(2).xml wordpress.2008-09-30(3).xml wordpress.2008-09-30.xml wordpress.2008-10-01(2).xml wordpress.2008-10-01(3).xml wordpress.2008-10-01.xml wordpress.2008-10-02.xml wordpress.2008-10-06.xml wordpress.2008-10-11.xml wordpress.2008-10-16.xml wordpress.2008-10-16.zip wordpress.2008-10-19.xml wordpress.2008-10-21.xml wordpress.2008-10-23.xml wordpress-2.6.2(2).tar.gz wordpress-2.6.2.tar.gz wordpress-mu-2.6.1.tar.gz wordpress-stats.sql wordpress-test(2).sql wordpress-test.sql wordpress_wxr.xml wp-1.xml wp-2.xml wp-3.xml wp-4.xml wp-5.xml wp-6.xml wp-7.xml wp-8.xml wp-content wp-includes_update.patch wp-maclean.tgz wp-tag-a-e.xml wp-tag-f-i.xml wp-tag-j-m.xml wp-tag-m-q.xml wp-tag-r-t.xml wp-tag-u-z.xml wp-wbx-widget.php xmlrpc-2.2.1.tar.gz Videogames: it’s the final few months of the current generation of consoles, which tends to the trough of the buying cycle. Sales were down 20% in Sept, but will probably pick up by Christmas with the launch of the Xbox 360.

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–Banners: Up 10% this year
–Keywords: Google revenues up 96%


This would seem to indicate that people are consuming less of the mainstream media, and that the drop in the level of music sales is in line with the drops in other forms of media. That suggests that some larger economic and/or cultural forces are at work here.

My feeling is that the amount of effort the RIAA is spending with these high profile legal actions is just not worth it for them, much less the trouble it causes others.

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