P2P Users Are Unindicted Federal Felons

from the crime-and-punishment dept

Declan McCullough is worried that the US Justice Department, with the help of the RIAA, is getting ready to charge file sharers as federal criminals for violating the No Electronic Theft Act. There is quite a distinction between the music industry filing a civil suit against people they feel are pirating music and them having the government do their dirty work for them. As the article points out, plenty of people who use file sharing software are now “unindicted federal felons”, and probably don’t realize it. Of course, all this could be solved if the music industry ever woke up and realized that they’re destroying their own business by attacking their own customers.

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “P2P Users Are Unindicted Federal Felons”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
Anonymous Coward says:

It will just make it more exciting


Legislating music file sharing into criminal behaviour will only make it more thrilling for kids to do. The music industry *fosters* a culture of rebellion, promoting gangsta rap, etc. etc. And then they expect the kids to obey them? It’s like putting a sign on a button saying “don’t touch this”!

And with all the advances in MP3 file sharing and now 32mb “keychains” and the like, even in the worst case scenerio kids will just do what we did back in The Day – they’ll use the SneakerNet to trade files at school, on the bus, etc. It’s still easier than ever to swap songs, burn your own custom CD’s for your friends, and so on and so on.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...