Second Way To Get RIAA To Drop Case: Die And Get Your Story Told Widely

from the start-making-a-list dept

Last month we pointed to a few examples of the RIAA dropping file sharing lawsuits once it became clear that they couldn't prove who was actually using the internet connection (since they only have IP address info to base their lawsuits on). Trying that is probably a more reasonable method than dying, especially after yesterday's story wondering why the RIAA would keep going after a family after the person named in the suit had died. As we explained, even if it was within the RIAA's legal right to go after the estate (as it is), it seemed like a ridiculously bad move from a PR standpoint, for almost no real gain for the RIAA. It appears that, in fact, no one at the RIAA actually thought through the consequences of pushing on with the case (following a 60 day break to allow the family to "grieve"). However, once the issue started getting a bunch of attention over the weekend on various blogs, the RIAA has now decided to drop the case. They explain that the man who passed away had admitted that his stepson had actually done the file sharing, so they were simply trying to finalize the details of a settlement. However, out of their "abundance of sensitivity" (yes, they used that phrase), they have decided to drop the case. Seems a bit funny that said abundance of sensitivity didn't show up until the equally abundant "bad PR" hit the internet.

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    Mike (profile), 15 Aug 2006 @ 3:34pm

    Re: Re: Re: RIAA

    They obviously help me see the bottom line on the issue.

    Funny then that you seem to totally miss the bottom line. The point is that the RIAA's actions have continued to hurt their business by pissing off their biggest fans. The "bottom line" is coming up with a new business model that embraces what the fans want, rather than pissing them off at every turn and calling out the lawyers.

    I have said repeatedly that I do not condone the distribution of unauthorized files. I don't download or share songs myself. It is illegal.

    However, the "bottom line" is that it's a bad business policy for the RIAA to go down this route rather than looking for ways to deliver what people want.

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