'Six-Strikes' Independent Expert Was RIAA Lobbyist

The independent group which will collect evidence against file-sharers as part of the new US Copyright Alert System has been lobbying in Washington on behalf of the RIAA for years, according to reports.

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Following yesterday's confirmation of a "Six-Strikes" rule in the US to battle file-sharing, it has been revealed that the "independent firm" which will collect evidence for these cases is in fact a former lobbyist for the RIAA.

The "six-strikes" program which has been branded the Copyright Alert System will enable internet service providers (ISPs) to warn certain customers to stop copyright infringement with letters. Repeat offenders could face reduced internet speeds, and Mediacom has even announced plans to ban customers on their third strike.

The evidence for these allegations must be collected by an independent company, but now Torrent Freak reports that the MarkMonitor system which will gather the evidence will seemingly be managed by Stroz Friedberg, a firm that lobbied in Washington on behalf of the RIAA for half a decade.

It raises questions over whether Stroz Friedberg is indeed independent and impartial as required, and whether a truly independent group was considered for the role.

Is the "six-strikes" policy already set to be another huge industry failure? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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    I hate the policies that allow lobbying to be legal.
    Sadly, lobbying is pretty much what runs the U.S. I think most people now are smart enough to realize that what politicians say they will do means complete squat. But even worse, it also doesn't really matter what they think they should do or want to do. Lobbyists are the ones who in reality fund a politicians career, and thus create their agenda for them. Thats why all the campaign commercials and presidential debates just make me laugh. Do people really think it means anything at all?
    I feel that this behaviour is slowly going to spread all over the globe and it's a ****ing travesty.
    They should really use their money on something else. they cant stop piracy. They should use that money on something useful, like kiss toilet paper
    Doesn't everyone who downloads illegally already use an IP blocker? That's their fight lost right there.
    Has this six strikes thing already started, or is it going to start soon?