The RIAA has always said (though, many don't believe it) that a big part of the reason that they're suing lots of people for sharing unauthorized files is as part of an "education campaign." The industry continues to insist that people just don't know file sharing is illegal, and the lawsuits are the only way to get that across. Of course, since they file another batch of these lawsuits every month or so, it seems like that strategy really doesn't make sense any more. After all, they filed a bunch more lawsuits this week, and almost no one wrote about it at all -- it's just not newsworthy. Instead, the stories that are getting written are about how the RIAA screws up these lawsuits -- such as the latest case of a woman who claims she has no idea how to download music. It's hard to see how that helps the RIAA's education campaign -- other than to raise more questions about this legal strategy and how sound it really is.
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