This Isn't The New Business Model We Were Hoping The RIAA Would Adopt

from the how-nice-of-them dept

As was leaked earlier this month, the RIAA is now offering "discounted settlements" to those it accuses of file sharing, if they agree to pay up before the RIAA actually takes them to court. As we explained when this deal first came out, this is a total scam. The RIAA had tried to do this in the past, but given the flimsy evidence it has, the courts found that it made more sense to argue these cases in court, rather than by letting the RIAA pressure people into settling early. This is nothing short of extortion. It's trying to scare people into paying up without giving them a real chance to defend themselves against what is usually very weak (and all too often, incorrect) evidence. Plenty of people probably will be scared into paying -- but if this is the RIAA's idea of a new business model, they're simply asking for trouble. Of course, it's no wonder that this comes out the same day that the RIAA announces it opposes Rep. Boucher's FAIR USE bill. Expanding fair use (even though the bill is pretty weak) would only cut down on the number of people they could extort this way.
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  1. identicon
    Boost, 28 Feb 2007 @ 6:29pm

    RIAA=MAFIA

    Well, I think the difference between the RIAA and organized crime is that the RIAA is maniupluating the legal system to make themselves some money. You see, the RIAA is no longer in the business of selling music to college students. I think we all know that college students spend the same amount or more on music now than they would if they coudln't download music for free. The RIAA knows this too. So if they can't make money by selling music to college students, they'll make money by suing college students. It's obviously lucrititve and a pretty good idea. It's legal bullying. I mean, why invest money to make a product that people actually want to pay for, when you can just write a few letters and more or less take their lunch money...or in this case, beer money.

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