Australian MP3 Directory Creator In Court
from the blame-blame-blame dept
The recording industry’s inability to understand technology is certainly leading to some bizarre court cases. The latest is in Australia, where the industry is making Stephen Cooper out to be some sort of criminal mastermind for putting together a directory that linked to sites that offered MP3s for download. They claim that this is worse than just sharing, because Cooper had ads on the page, by which he made money. As if to prove how awful that was, they go on about just how many visitors the page had. Of course, the problem with this entire argument is that Cooper wasn’t distributing a single MP3. He was simply pointing to other sites that did. As such, what he offered was no different than Yahoo or Google, both of which point to plenty of sites that offer MP3s for download, and both of which offer ads.