RIAA Going After Individuals Now
from the put-your-customers-in-jail! dept
Cory writes “The RIAA is beginning to make a move to file copywright lawsuits against individuals on P2P networks that serve up a lot of files.” It will surprise no one (I assume) when I say that this is, possibly, the stupidest move they could make. Taking on individuals (especially if they’re kids) is going to be a PR nightmare. It sounds like they’re still in the early stages of planning this, and some of the record labels aren’t yet convinced it’s a smart idea. Hopefully, they’ll come to their senses before Hilary Rosen just starts suing everyone. They’re going to be suing people who aren’t doing this commercially, who aren’t making any money off of this, but are just trying to listen to music the way they want… and the companies that make the music (instead of providing them with what the customer wants) are going to try to throw them in jail. By the way, they say that if they find out the music sharer is a kid under the age of 18, they may sue the parents too.