Search Slyck  
The DCIA and IFPI Exchange Political Banter
November 30, 2005
Thomas Mennecke
Font Bigger Font Smaller
No matter what the outcome of any particular situation, such as the recent Supreme Court ruling, there always seems to be enough wiggle room for everyone to claim victory. Judge Murray Wilcox's ruling on November 25th was no exception. Judging by the IFPI's (International Federation Phonographic Industry) reaction, it seems they are ready to take on just about anyone.

The IFPI is an international trade organization that represents the interests of intellectual property rights holders. Considerably weaker than their American counterparts, the IFPI has become more aggressive recently. Much like their file-sharing adversaries, the IFPI is in the fight of their life in an effort to be taken seriously. Their latest efforts include suing over 2,000 alleged P2P pirates and the aforementioned trash talk.

If one goes solely on press releases and mainstream news articles, it certainly appears the IFPI is firing from an elevated position.

"Kazaa has received its final warning. It is time for services like Kazaa to move on - to filter, go legal or make way for others who are trying to build a digital music business the correct and legal way," said IFPI Chairman and CEO John Kennedy.

Ouch. The IFPI launched some serious fighting words, and someone took the bait. Were they upset the IFPI took the entire court ruling out of context? Nope. Did they find the IFPI's misinformation insulting? Mere peanuts. Outraged non-the-less, someone did pull the IFPI's punk card. And that someone is the DCIA (Distributed Computing Industry Association.)

The DCIA is a lobby group that represents the interests of several large commercial P2P operators, such as Sharman Networks, Razor Pop and Grokster. Looking out for the best interests of these P2P operators, the DCIA stood up and met the challenge eye to eye.

Seemingly forgotten in the intellectual property debate stands the file-sharing community. Sandwiched in a seemingly never ending battle between the powers that be, the file-sharing community showed up ready to set aside their political differences and watch the DCIA dispense with the pesky IFPI.

In a landscape reminiscent of the last scenes of "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly", the three met up for the final showdown.

With the IFPI's punk card firmly in hand, the DCIA stared their opponent down. The battle of giants was only moments away. Looking to break the enemy, the silence was interrupted with the DCIA uttering the following words.

"The DCIA, on behalf of our now seventy Members, wishes to publicly accept and endorse John Kennedy’s exhortation, and offers our support, while also urging his, for expedited delivery of music licensing agreements that have until now been denied to open P2P application providers,” said DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty.

If you hear that audible moan in the background, it's the sound of the P2P community reacting to this ultimately disappointing anti-climax. What should have been the showdown of the new millennium turned into a tea and crumpet affair.

Criticisms aside, at the end of the day the DCIA needs to present itself as a legitimate trade group. As a group that represents an industry desperately trying to establish itself a viable commercial enterprise, it can't resort to tactics used by those who do not share these interests.

Intellectual property rights holders have someone to protect their interests, while P2P developers have someone representing their interests. It seems the file-sharing community and their interests have been forgotten, which is probably why they've taken matters into their own hands.

This story is filed in these Slyck News categories
Authorized P2P :: DCIA
Entertainment Industry :: IFPI

You can discuss this article here - 7 replies

© 2001-2018