Piracy Settlement-O-Matic

Former online cigarette salesmen now enforce copyright:

Taking their cue from Amazon’s one-click ordering system and the RIAA’s settlement-o-matic website, a company named Nexicon is developing a technology that tracks users who share music and film illegally, and then demands payment for the downloaded file. According to ZDNet, the company is currently conducting a test of the system using Frank Zappa tracks, and is actively monitoring some 19.6 billion file transmissions every day.

Emphasis mine.

9 Responses to “Piracy Settlement-O-Matic”

  1. urbangraffito says:

    Times they are getting scary and paranoid.

  2. Bob Again says:

    a test of the system using Frank Zappa tracks…did they get permission from the trust???

  3. mattedhairmomma says:

    War? What war?

  4. Maroual says:

    History will remember these pioneers in the domain of civil liberties.

  5. Alex says:

    I’m sure the ZFT requested this.

    Oh, well – we have all the original albums and as far as I’m concerned that’s all that matters. Anything else beyond that which is actually good (I’m looking at you, Lost Episodes, Lather, Mystery Disc, and OZ) is merely frosting on a cake made up of everything from Freak Out! to Civilization Phaze III.

  6. Clark Gwent says:

    UK has Data Protection Act which means these bozos can’t even find out who we are: oo arr the brain police?

  7. Maroual says:

    Yes Alex, we all have all the originals. But now we can also decide to pay again when we listen to tracks we already have. This new business model is a massive improve’lence.

  8. andre says:

    good idea !

  9. jim says:

    Ridiculous – in an economy this shaky, these folks are throwing more & more money at an insoluble problem. Smells Like Fail Spirit!

    People will just do their copying offline … no tracing system exists to cover that yet, nor is one likely EVER to do so … & the artists that’re bright enough to offer free downloads of previews – or even entire tracks or albums – will continue to prosper, while the Muzak Industry’s latest pack of coat-hangers with guitars bombs yet again.

    Shinier hairdos won’t help – more crap blowing up in their videos won’t help – & this kind of BS definitely won’t help either. Going back to making it “all about the music” might help … if they knew how, that is.

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