RIAA complains that copyright law is not working

The Recording Industry Association of America has slammed the current state of copyright law in the Land of the Free saying that it does not do enough to stamp out piracy.

Of course, the RIAA would like to round up everyone it suspects of piracy and crucify them in a long line along Route 66, so the current law which allows for a trial is going to annoy them.

But RIAA President Cary Sherman said the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act contains too many loopholes that allow broadband providers and Web companies to turn a blind eye to customers’ unlawful activities without suffering any legal consequences.

The main problem is that the copyright holder has to see the work which was nicked and complain about it to the ISP. This takes a lot of time and effort. 

He told the Technology Policy Institute’s Aspen Forum that the law stops them spying on people and you cannot search all the places infringing content appears.

Sherman said it may be necessary for the US Congress to enact a new law formalising agreements with broadband providers, Web hosts, payment processors, and search engines. Sherman wants laws that can force ISPs to switch off pirates but also order search engines, payment processors, and advertisers away from piracy sites

Speaking to CNET Sherman said that he did not want new laws but more voluntary deals instead.