A Premonition of things to come What will be the next anti-piracy move by the RIAA/MPAA?

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A Premonition of things to come

What will be the next anti-piracy move by the RIAA/MPAA?

Many of us are wondering what the next action by these organizations to impair our rights even further will be. I most definitely have been for quite a while for a simple reason: If we know what they might be trying to do next then maybe we can try to beat them to the punch. At first glance of the actions these two anti-piracy giants have already put forth it looks more like random assaults than meticulous chess like advances by a Mr Burn's type figure. But in actuality it seems their last move against piracy seems very laid out and will be the worst to date.

Who they are?

It might seem like lumping the MPAA and RIAA together so easily is a little presumptuous. But after looking at the facts carefully it is very obvious they are practically one and the same entity.

First it is important to note that 80% of all media(including; radio, television, internet news and other media, motion pictures, and music) is owned by only 10 large corporations, down from 20 in the early 1980's.

The MPAA's website notes only 7 members Walt Disney Company, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Paramount Pictures Corporation, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.,Universal Studios, Inc., and Warner Bros. While the RIAA notes a remarkable 808 record labels that are "members" of the RIAA. Although many of these record labels are directly owned by the 7 members of the MPAA, indie labels such as Epitaph and Fat Wrech Chords are also noted as members. Which I found interesting considering Fat Wrech Chords owner Fat Mike is quoted on his band NOFX's site as saying

"I totally back...