RIAA wants to legally formalize the partnerships between copyright holders and ISPs so that the fight against illegal file-sharing becomes voluntary.
RIAA President Cary Sherman told an audience at a Technology Policy Institute forum in Aspen, Colorado recently that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is failing copyright holders miserably, and that it needs to be revised in order to allow ISPs and others to filter the Internet of copyrighted material.
“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.”
Consequently, the RIAA wants voluntary partnerships with ISPs, and even search engines, payment processors, and advertisers to help stem the tide of illegal file-sharing.
So far, no ISPs have chosen to cooperate and the RIAA is working to tirelessly to try and convince them fighting P2P is the right thing to do.
Do I detect a note of desperation on the RIAAs behalf? ISPs have already worked out that the RIAA wants them to pick up the costs of this wild goose chase. The have also worked who will loose and who will benefit, and it's certainly not the ISPs who will benefit.