As we head into another blissful summer long weekend, I am wondering about another popular rhetorical figure of the copyfight -- that grandmother jailed for the illegal downloading performed on her computer by her grandkids. I hear about her all the time -- how the American DMCA encourages the jailing of teenagers and grandmothers, and how Canada's Bill C-61 will do the same (Canadian grandmothers, boo!). Apparently, this grandmother paid her ISP bill, which made her the person of record on the offending computer, so when the big bad RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) was looking for their next victim, she was it.
Who is this grandmother? What's her name? Is she in jail?
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Please, if you know the grandmother in question, or of her, I'd be very interested in learning her full story. My comment stream is open to you.
I happen to agree that paying an ISP bill is not a nasty thing, and I also agree that certain corporate copyright holders have taken really incorrigible legal missteps in their attempts to protect the value of the intellectual property they own. In my google travels, I note several recent (recent? 2005? does that count as recent?) US legal decisions that have tempered the legal dangers everyone seems to be so afraid of from the DMCA (and by extension -- thank you Michael Geist -- from C-61).
Is there a DMCA grandmother Gitmo? And if so, is it so secret that even Google can't find it? Considering Google knows what flowers my girlfriend grows in her garden, I just assumed they knew everything.