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Thursday, 23 December 2010 12:42

Mastercard is the enforcer for Big Content

Written by Nick Farell

Withdrawing financial support for P2P sites
P2P sites which miff the big content lobby groups such as the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) will find it difficult to raise money soon.

Mastercard has told the RIAA and MPAA it will support the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA). RIAA executive vice president of government and industry relations Mitch Glazer praised Mastercard during an interview with CNET. He said the outfit deserves credit [no pun intended] for its proactive approach to addressing rogue Web sites that “dupe consumers.”

Mastercard had reached out to the RIAA and others in the entertainment community to forge what it calls a productive and effective partnership. The RIAA and MPAA have been pressuring private companies, like Mastercard, and government departments to define what is right and wrong according to their direction rather than rely on the courts.

The RIAA and MPAA were widely seen as a big influence behind the US goverment's seizure of several domains last month. The sites are still under government control and according to MyCe the “evidence” of wrongdoing listed in the case’s against the sites is weak. However if the RIAA and MPAA can ask Mastercard to switch off their financial services from a site they don't like, it will make it difficult for the sites to survive. seizure of several domains last month.

Nick Farell

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+22 #1 SlickR 2010-12-23 15:02
Mastercard sucks anyways, I hope there are more companies that will form this kind of service and push out mastercard of the market.
+12 #2 FnuGk 2010-12-23 19:10
could we bring in anon for another round of ddos?
+5 #3 nECrO 2010-12-23 19:22
So Masterfail drops support. There's always Paypal and plenty of other options.

With the US soon to severely limit debit card transaction fees, I would think Masterfail would be keen to raise the number of transactions, not lower them. Unless of course the is some kind of behind the scenes bribery or financial incentive going on.
+7 #4 yourma2000 2010-12-23 20:03
Ugh, they're asking for another dose of DDOS
+3 #5 JAB Creations 2010-12-24 04:38
Content created RIAA and MPAA or by artists and performers legally bound to the communist puppeteers pulling the strings? Hollywood dictated that for every $1 MP3 they would take $0.70...because you know, THEY were the ones making the music, NOT. These people live to screw everyone so I say have at it Anon!
+4 #6 EVOXSNES 2010-12-24 11:37
P2P sites exist because companies are too lazy to invest in ways to exploit the market on the web.

So they put dollars and cents into restricting these new grounds and try and force people back into the traditional route.
Its like forcing the water in a river, around a bend instead of straight through it.

They should position themselves inside those services, take advantage of the infrastructure that already exists.

They'll fail because they don't innovate.
0 #7 Whatnot 2010-12-28 08:13
Hmm, seems clear by now some legislation is needed to curb control of people's finances by such companies, similar to net-neutrality but then a bank-neutrality.

Now all is needed is a politician who isn't bought and who will introduce the bill, then a vote where the politicians don't let their vote be bought.. in the US..

(Hey I tried, gave them the benefit of the doubt)

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