RIAA Caught Lying About Stopping Lawsuits
from the shocking dept
The RIAA and the record labels who make up its main membership keep asking folks like us to “trust them” when they come up with new plans to force people to hand over money. They say that we shouldn’t criticize them until the plan is set, but they haven’t yet shown the slightest reason to grant them an ounce of trust. Just last week, we suggested that they stop suing people, if they were so intent on turning over a new leaf. And, while they did finally announce plans to abandon mass lawsuits, the fine print is anything but encouraging (and, it’s increasingly clear that it was done more to save money than out of any more reasoned strategy).
However, there was a bit of surprising news that came out of the press barrage after the announcement about giving up on the mass lawsuits: the RIAA claimed that it had stopped filing lawsuits months earlier. That certainly didn’t fit with the story we had just seen earlier in the week of new lawsuits, and now Ray Beckerman has put together a list of recently filed lawsuits by the RIAA and its major record label members in the last few weeks.
In other words, the RIAA has been caught lying yet again. Shocking. And, yet, they expect us to “trust them” to come up with a better solution — one negotiated in backrooms behind closed doors without major stakeholders getting to take part? Forgive us for being skeptical that any such deal will be reasonable. What’s really disappointing, though, is to see some major tech publications get taken in by this, insisting that somehow the RIAA really has turned over a new leaf. You would think that reporters covering this space wouldn’t be so gullible.