RIAA Calls DMCA ‘Antiquated,’ Wants Piracy Filters Instead (Slash Gear)


The Recording Industry Association of America, more commonly known as the RIAA, is tired of the ‘antiquated’ process that is DMCA takedown requests. Both the RIAA and a total of 14 other groups have formally expressed their distaste for such takedowns, likening it to a game of whack-a-mole in which every request quickly results in a new listing for the same pirated content after the original is pulled. Instead, this collective wants to see ISPs filter out pirated content directly.

The collective includes SoundExchange, Global Music Rights, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the Nashville Songwriters Association International, and more. Together they’ve sent a letter to the U.S. Copyright Office painting a picture in which the Digital Millennium Copyright Act doesn’t work, saying in part that it is ‘extremely burdensome’ and that it is ‘ultimately ineffective.’

Instead, the collective is seeking a filtering solution that will prevent any particular copyrighted work from being uploaded again once a DMCA takedown request is received involving it. Or, alternatively, the letter states that a filter could be implemented that identifies copyrighted content from the start and stops it from being uploaded at all.