With the “six strikes” initiative on it’s way to the United States – where ISPs will begin warning Internet users illegally sharing copyrighted material, and then restricting their Internet access after six warnings – major labels and publishers seem to be moving closer to what they feel will be an effective anti-piracy campaign. However, the people over at BMG Rights Management don’t seem to be completely satisfied and have begun seeking out settlements against file sharers – not in court for thousands of dollars, but rather for just $20 online.
BMG is the fourth-largest music publisher in the world (based on revenue) and is home to artists the likes of Bruno Mars, David Bowie, Foo Fighters, John Legend, Outcast, will.i.am, MGMT and several others. The company does not seem to feel that the ‘education’ approach to the “six strikes” initiative is enough for their clients and are now attempting to generate revenues from alleged file sharers, as reported by TorrentFreak.
BMG’s plan goes like this: Required by law, ISPs in the United States are obligated to forward infringement notices from rightsholders to their customers. These notices are relatively harmless and essentially act as a slap on the wrist, informing the alleged file-sharer that they have been caught distributing copyrighted material and must desist immediately. BMG now wants to take it a step further by adding “evidence” to DMCA notices, which will include hyperlinks to pages allowing supposed infringers to obtain “legal release from the copyright holder.”
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