The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) these days is claiming that the Digital Millennium Copyright act (DMCA) is an unfair giveaway that is letting Google run roughshod over copyrights, and profit over wrongdoing. They say we need new legislation to protect copyright.
What they’re throwing down the memory hole is that the DMCA was their bill.
Don’t believe me? Read the RIAA’s own words from 1999. I’m not going to quote this in full, but I urge you to click the link and read it just to see how strongly supportive they were (boldface added):
The RIAA succeeded in achieving its top legislative priority, ratification and implementation of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) treaties…. H.R. 2281, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), is historic legislation that will help form the legal framework for the digital era….
The copyright industries, including music, gained other significant benefits in this bill. Title II of the DMCA sets forth rules for the use of copyrighted works online, delineating the rights of copyright owners and the responsibilities of online service providers to guard against online piracy. This legal framework will further safeguard the transaction of online commerce and will aid in online anti-piracy enforcement efforts.
Note that paragraph starting with the bolded sentence. RIAA claimed when the bill was passed, that the DMCA’s takedown system was a significant benefit to them, because of the responsibilities placed on online service providers. Well, now they’re saying that it’s too much work to tell online service providers (like Google) to do their jobs!
So the next time you hear RIAA whining about DMCA, don’t believe them. Don’t trust them. They’re playing a shell game by complaining about their own bill.