Will The RIAA Sue USB Drive Makers Next?
from the just-wondering dept
While the RIAA continues its strategy of suing the very people it should be courting as customers, a recent study points out that so-called “social ripping” now makes up 37% of all music consumption. This is things like friends ripping CDs and sending the files to other friends, or sharing files through a USB drive. Unlike P2P file sharing, this type of file sharing is simply untraceable by the RIAA. Of course, it’s not like this wasn’t predicted when the RIAA went after Napster. Plenty of people pointed out that for every avenue the RIAA shut down, new ones would spring up — and each new one would be further underground than the previous ones. Taking the internet out of the equation altogether certainly seems like one way to do exactly that. So, what’s next? Will the RIAA start suing USB drive manufacturers for “inducing” infringement? At what point does the industry realize that there’s a better way that doesn’t involve suing the people who are most interested in your products?