File-Sharers Get Angry… With Kazaa
from the nice-try dept
It’s no surprise that those accused of file sharing by the RIAA are angry. However, the latest tactic is not to be angry with the RIAA or themselves for doing something illegal. Instead, they’re trying to pin the blame on Kazaa for making file sharing so easy. They’re claiming (not very convincingly) that they figured it must be legal since it was so easy. This sort of outrage is misdirected, but expected. It’s no secret that I think the music industry should embrace file sharing and not sue its own customers, however, I don’t deny that these people broke the law and should take responsibility for what they’ve done. Blaming Kazaa isn’t the answer, and only makes it more likely that politicians will feel compelled to say that the technology itself is illegal. As the article points out people know better than to blame Xerox when someone photocopies a book.