RIAA Lawsuits Begin – 261 Sued

from the hammer-comes-down dept

No surprise here, as this was rumored to happen last week, actually. However, this morning the RIAA continued to shoot themselves in the foot by filing 261 lawsuits against their own customers for offering music on file sharing networks. I agree that these people probably did break the law. However, these lawsuits will do much more to harm the music industry than to help it. That they don’t realize this (and many of its defenders don’t realize this either) is unfortunate. These lawsuits were inevitable due to the closed-minded thinking of an industry that refuses to admit its business model is obsolete and that it’s time to adjust. I had hoped they would realize in time the mistake they were making, though, it seemed unlikely. Now we’ll have to go through this farce, where kids are going to get punished well beyond what they deserve so that the music industry can make a “point” – while trying (and failing) to kill off the best promotion and distribution mechanism for music created so far.

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Donald Jessop says:

The RIAA's disservice to it's clients

I agree wholeheartedly that the RIAA is doing a disservice to both the clients they are suppose to be representing and to the consumers of the musice. The problem is that opposition to the RIAA is too fragmented and not at all organized. To be effective you need to demonstrate the “power” that you posses. The consumer, in this case, has the most power.
What is required is an organized boycott of music stores for a single day, just to make a point. Drop music sales through the floor. Imagine what would happen if millions of people stopped buying music, for just one day. Make those statistics public knowledge and you’d have a sharp edged sword to use against the RIAA. Make the RIAA sit up and listen to the consumer.
Yes, sharing music online is probably illegal. Yes, the artists should be compensated for their work. Yes, the exisitng business model is out of date. No, suing people won’t work.
Adopt the Microsoft approach: embrace, extend, eliminate. Embrace digital technology. Extend it with features beneficial to the consumer. Eliminate the competition. You can’t just run off to the third point, it just doesn’t work.

LittleW0lf says:

Re: The RIAA's disservice to it's clients

What disservice? The RIAA isn’t performing a disservice to its clients. Its clients are the Recording Industry Majors, not the consumer, and not the artists. They are doing what they do because the Record Companies want it done, and because the Record Companies fear open competition from the internet, which does not fit into their plan. The fact that the Record Companies’ customers are injured, and ultimately so will the artists, means absolutely nothing, as this is motivated solely by short term greed. Of course, in the long term, they’re slitting their own wrists, but someone committing suicide in this fashion rarely thinks about the damage they are about ready to inflict on their loved ones.

Imagine what would happen if millions of people stopped buying music, for just one day.

Artists would be injured, the record companies would feel the bump and ask “what was that?” Other that that…nothing. Because Joe Sixpack would have nothing to do with this, because he isn’t affected by it. What is the sound of 100,000 techies screaming on the internet?

Sadly, nothing… because most of those who support the RIAA, the record industry, and the artists don’t have the internet, or don’t care about these lawsuits, as it doesn’t affect them.

Cory says:

The trouble

The trouble with the fines levied against copyright infringing is too severe as well. So if I share one song and get busted, I could pay upwards of $150,000 and I am sure the RIAA believes they are entitled to that much if they can get it. Whereas I highly doubt they believe that just one song is only worth 1/15th (providing the CD has 15 songs) the current cost of the CD.

JD says:


However, these lawsuits will do much more to harm the music industry than to help it.

While I agree that downloading is stealing (not probably… is) I think that you’re entertaining a lot of wishful thinking. The RIAA will win. People will continue to pay too much for music. This will all be over with soon and the consumer will continue to be fleeced by anyone and everyone (i.e. back to normal).

I am not an RIAA fan, but I am fairly realistic.

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