RIAA File Sharing Lawsuits Set To Start
from the here-it-comes... dept
No surprise here, considering the extraordinary number of subpoenas the RIAA filed, but now they’re getting ready to take all that info they’ve gathered and file real lawsuits, the first of which may be filed before the end of this week. Interestingly, the article points out that while usage on file sharing networks has gone down since the subpoenas started going out – so has CD sales. Of course, that doesn’t mean anyone in the RIAA will have it occur to them that maybe (just maybe) things like Kazaa help promote artists. Meanwhile, over at LawMeme there’s an interesting discussion on abusive subpoenas, suggesting that some may be able to effectively respond to the RIAA’s subpoenas by saying they overstepped their legal bounds with them. Update: As is also being talked about everywhere, Universal says they’ve (finally?!?) noticed the writing on the wall and have decided to cut the price of their CDs. This is, of course, a too little too late move, but still, it’s better than continuing to stubbornly ignore what the market is telling them.