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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    LittleW0lf, 11 Jan 2004 @ 9:44am

    Greatest quote I've seen in a long time!!!

    ‘C’mon, guys, pirates are all at sea. I just work in a parking lot.’

    I wish the RIAA would listen to how stupid their choice of words are, but if they did, they would start thinking about other things, and they certainly don't want that to happen (thinking is over-rated in their book anyway; they want their customers to mindlessly buy what ever crap they put out and failure to do so is obviously against the law.) Piracy is not the stuff they show on the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean", it usually involves rape, murder, and forcible removal of property on the high seas, and is punishable by death. Equating copyright infringement to piracy may sound good to the dimwitted folks in the RIAA/MPAA/BSA, but it isn't the same thing!

    However, I am glad they are cracking down on illegal vendors instead of customers who have chosen to obtain their product online (for which they didn't have a fair or reliable capability of doing themselves until recently.) I don't download mp3s online, and I have over 1000 CD's (most recently have been purchased through CD-Baby and other indie music companies though,) but I like the mp3 format as it is easy to place my entire collection onto a single harddrive and play them in randomized order to my heart's content. I worry with the RIAA's current gestapo tactics, that those who do anything with a CD other than buy it and keep it on a shelf will soon find themselves at the hands of the SS.

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