RIAA vs. Aimster - tsk

  • From: "M.K. Chatterji" <chat@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: technocracy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 22 May 2001 14:58:59 -0600

The recording industry may be hoisted on its own petard if the Napster-like
music swapping service called Aimster is successful in its legal strategy
against the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Unlike
Napster, Aimster (which has no central servers to maintain and leaves users
individually responsible for their actions) encrypts transmissions, and so
there is no way for the RIAA or any other outside party to distinguish
between files which are in compliance with copyright law and those that
infringe on it. Of course, RIAA could simply decrypt the files -- but then
it would be in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a
law that it strongly supports, and that makes it a criminal offense to
circumvent encryption protection of copyrighted material. (The New Republic
21 May 2001)

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