Sunday, April 05, 2009

p2pnet calls for "official government inquiry" into MediaSentry and the RIAA

In an article posted today, entitled "MediaSentry and RIAA: government probe?", Jon Newton of p2pnet.net calls for an "official government inquiry" by the federal government into the MediaSentry/RIAA tactics of the past 6 years.



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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's about time.

Anonymous said...

Not trying to be a troll, but what good is it for Jon Newton to "put out the call"? I would love to see the police march all of the head RIAA scumbags off to jail in handcuffs, but . . .

Russell said...

considering who now staffs the people who would have to initiate the probe (DOJ), this is going to be an unlikely event.

Scott said...

What is an "official government inquiry" in the context of the United States federal government? I usually hear that phrase used with reference to parliamentary governments. Does he mean an investigation by the FBI? Fat chance that will ever happen. What the RIAA is doing is reprehensible and stupid, but perhaps not illegal.

This problem requires a political solution -- new laws that block the RIAA from gaming the judiciary. Write to your congressman and senator.

Ray Beckerman said...

Comment rejected for inappropriate language & for failure to designate a 'handle'.

Anonymous said...

Scott,

The call was made to investigate MediaSentry, not the RIAA.

Presumably either investigation by the FBI or a congressional inquiry would be good. I'm not sure what alleged crimes the FBI would be investigating -- the oft-cited private investigation laws are state laws. A congressional inquiry would probably impact what laws are made in the future.

What do you mean by "perhaps"? "Perhaps" lots of things. Perhaps some of MediaSentry's and the RIAA's work is illegal. Don't you wanna know? If you're a defendant, don't you deserve to know? Justice demands it.

Finally, some of us regularly contact our representatives. Isn't a call for a government inquiry designed in part to raise awareness and encourage more people to do this?

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