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Interesting Possible Link Between SAFETY ACT & RIAA

Posted by direwolff on February 15, 2007

Pure speculation of course, but given the RIAA’s lobbying power, I wonder if it’s possible that their recent request to ISPs that they provide their customers’ IP logs, is what is driving Senator Lamar Smith’s efforts? Not knowing the power structures or the social network of lobbyists, contributors, general influencers and politicians in Washington, I don’t know if these two issues are related, but it sure seems like requiring ISPs to keep logs of users’ traffic for a couple of years would provide the RIAA with subpoenable (my new word of the day) information which would serve their purposes and satisfy their litigious appetite. This, without needing the ISP’s cooperation. Hmmm…

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