The Copyright Cops Really Are Busting Down Doors

from the reality-copying-satire dept

Last month when it was announced that the RIAA was hiring the former head of the ATF, I joked about how the copyright cops might soon be busting down your door. What I didn't realize was that it's no joke, and it's already happening. Found on Slashdot is the news that the RIAA has been hiring ex-law enforcement officials, outfitting them with police-style outfits, including black "raid" vests with yellow lettering stenciled on the back to spell RIAA, and sending them out to scare unauthorized vendors of CDs and confiscating what they find. While I have no sympathy for those selling such CDs, this does seem to go well over the line. The RIAA claims that it's very effective, and they don't mean for the vendors to actually think they're police - but the effect suggests otherwise. In that case, you could make the argument that they're falsely impersonating law enforcement officials and stealing the CDs they take. They do make the vendor sign an "incident report" indicating that confiscating the CDs is "voluntary" - but if you're scared to death you're about to be arrested, it doesn't seem very voluntary.
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  1. identicon
    Uber Techosis, 9 Jan 2004 @ 6:44pm

    RIAA is the new Gestapo

    What will these music nazis resort to next? Torture?

    Will they be kidnapping P2P users, and only letting them go once they hand over all their MP3's, legitimate or not?

    Seriously though...does the RIAA represent all the artists that the vendor had CD's for? What about those South American natives that are in every major city in the world playing their beautiful drum and flute music? They sell CD's. Will the RIAA nazi's bust them too for unauthorized CD sales?

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