I just learned that it's not so "simple" as I thought it was. Mike Masnick of TechDirt, the guy who exposed this scam, was kind enough to explain to me that "Choruss" isn't something students will be able to opt out of. Mike explains : "Ray, one of the problems with Choruss is that *users* won't have a choice. That's because it's designed for universities and ISPs to sign up *on behalf* of all of their users. So, individuals won't even get the chance to say no -- which is part of the reason why there needs to be much more focus on what it's trying to do." So I've revised what I've originally written:
There's a big controversy going on about some plan arch RIAA bad guy Warner Bros. has, which it named "Choruss", to peddle its music to college campuses. Apparently its sales pitch doesn't conform to the actual terms. See, e.g. p2pnet.net story.
Regardless of what the reality is -- and experience teaches us that what an RIAA member says is usually false -- the answer is simple: those of us who are knowledgeable about what the RIAA does to people should urge colleges, universities, and ISP's to stay far away from this product carrying the RIAA taint. And we should ask our friends to do so as well.
So if your college, university, or ISP is being offered something called "Choruss", please -- for the sake of all those who have suffered at the hands of Warner Bros. and its 3 coconspirators -- urge them to say "No, thank you."
We do not want our colleges, universities, and ISP's to become business partners of some of the most unethical corporations on the planet.
[Ed. note. It's also permissible to urge them to say "No, thank you, you SOB's." -R.B.]
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