The RIAA and MPAA have not been coy about suggesting that what the U.S. needs is a “three strikes” law like the one under consideration in France, under which serial illegal downloaders, say, would lose their internet access after a series of warnings.
Hitsville favors this approach if the principle is extended to other aspects of the debate.
If Mitch Bainwol, the head of the RIAA, lies three times to reporters via email, he loses his internet access. If he lies three times on the phone, the RIAA has its phone lines cut off.
If the RIAA files three frivolous lawsuits, it loses access to the courts.
If Warner Bros. is found to have not paid three artists their royalties, it is prohibited from selling CDs. If Sony records is found to have paid off three radio stations to play songs by its artists, in violation of federal payola laws, it loses all access to terrestrial radio.
Am I on to something?