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RIM declares ISPs to be made responsible of online piracy #RIMjob #ISPLiability

We present to you: The ISP Liability Act!

This new law called the ISP Liability act, will be tabled in Parliament next month, according to Recording Industry Association of Malaysia (RIM) chairman Norman Halim.

RIM has been lobbying the Government for an ISP Liability act for the past 5 years as illegal online downloads have been cannibalising the legitimate sales of music, worldwide.

“The act makes the ISPs responsible for curbing online piracy. The ISPs will be fined if they don’t take action against illegal downloaders. The ISPs have the technology to track P2P users,” said Norman.

The Star. Emphases mine

Have they presented proof that (a) legit music sales has declined, and (b) that the decline is caused by online pirates? I have yet to see such data.

I maintain that if you make good music, fans will go above and beyond to give you money (unless you're a dick). If domestic music sales are indeed going down, perhaps that says something about the quality of the music we make?

The article says nothing about how "offenders" will be identified.

I have yet to see any comment from any of our ISPs about this, though. And that is very strange, considering that the bill will place extra burden on them. Perhaps they were caught unawares as the news broke on a Friday evening. I hope that is the case anyway, and they are not simply going along with it out of habit.

Also, it's outrageous that this bit of news was announced by the RIMchairman, and not the MP who will actually present the bill to Parlimen.

Do we have a chance of convincing our MPs to vote No on this?

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