ISPs want to get paid to police users

ISPs want to get paid to police users

Summary: Small ISP owner Jerry Scroggin says he should get paid if he's going to be policing file-sharing activity. He won't be. But bet that the huge telecoms are getting something out of their deals with the RIAA.

TOPICS: Browser, Telcos

Greg Sandoval blogs about one small ISP who doesn't take kindly to demands from representatives of the music industry. In response to letters from the Zappa Family Trust and Warner Bros., among many others, Jerry Sroggin, owner of Bayou Internet and Communications, informs the reps that he will be billing for his services. Here's a typical response:

I have asked for your billing information so we can have a contract signed and full understanding of what i do. If you want me to work for you you should expect to pay. I dont work for free.

In a story on Scroggin's approach, the ISP says:

"They have the right to protect their songs or music or pictures," Scroggin said. "But they don't have the right to tell me I have to be the one protecting it. I don't want anyone doing anything illegal on my network, but we don't work for free."

If that's how Jerry Scroggin feels, you can imagine how AT&T, Comcast and Verizon feel. They're not in the business of improving the recording industry's image or legal bills. As RIAA prez Cary Sherman notes, the big ISPs want a piece of the content action, too. That means there is some serious quid pro quo going on behind the scenes. We'll see those deals – and the impact on Apple – over the course of 2009.

As for Scroggin, he shouldn't expect any checks from the music industry anytime soon.

Topics: Browser, Telcos

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  • Well then, all works out in the end

    [i]As for Scroggin, he shouldn?t expect any checks from the music industry anytime soon.[/i]

    Then it works out well: Scroggin should not expect a check, and the music industry should not expect any help or work from Scroggin.

    I would say it is a wash. Good for Scroggin!
  • RE: ISPs want to get paid to police users

    No money for nothing and chicks for free on this one!
  • RE: ISPs want to get paid to police users

    The RIAA and Directv, each time they sue an innocent person had to lie to the court. Where the person was innocent, it can be nothing but a lie. While the Justice system knows they are lying in in many cases, The justice system does nothing to protect the public. Next time you are a juror or a witness, do what Justice has done and ignore Justice. Jury Nullification is a good start. Let's see what Justice thinks when they are ignored just like innocent victims are.