RIAA Still Bellyaching, Says Copyright "Isn't Working"

Paul Lilly

Here's a big shocker (assuming you've just been dethawed after thousands of years, a la Encino Man), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) doesn't feel current copyright law is strict enough.

"The DMCA isn't working for content people at all," RIAA President Cary Sherman said at the Technology Policy Institute's Aspen Forum. "You cannot monitor all the infringements on the Internet. It's simply not possible. We don't have the ability to search all the places infringing content appears, such as cyberlockers like RapidShare."

Sherman is none too happy with what he perceives are loopholes in the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act that supposedly let ISPs and Web firms ignore their customers' illegal activities.

So what does Sherman suggest? More legislation, of course. Sherman feels Congress needs to step up with new laws with broadband providers, Web hosts, search engines, and the like.

"We're working on [discussions with broadband providers], and we'd like to extend that kind of relationship -- not just to ISPs, but [also to] search engines, payment processors, advertisers.

"If legislation is an appropriate way to facilitate that kind of cooperation, fine," Sherman said.

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