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lawsuits were inevitable due to the closed-minded thinking of an industry that refuses to admit its business model is obsolete and that it’s time to adjust.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.