RIAA Apparently Unable To Stop Lawsuits In Motion

from the legal-inertia? dept

Following last week's announcement that the RIAA was going to back off using mass lawsuits, some were pretty confused by the RIAA's subsequent claim that it had actually stopped filing such lawsuits back in August. In fact, it turned out to be an outright lie, as plenty of lawsuits had been filed pretty much right up until the announcement. However, the RIAA is now trying to explain its "no new lawsuits" message by claiming that it actually meant no new lawsuits in the pipeline. The ones filed since August were apparently already "in motion" and apparently in RIAA-land once you kick off the process of filing a bogus lawsuit based on flimsy evidence, the inertia is simply too powerful to pull it back and stop it from running its course. Or did I misunderstand the RIAA's statement on the matter?

The folks at the RIAA and at various major record labels have complained to us that we don't give them a fair shake, but every time we think about giving them the benefit of the doubt, they pull out some totally bogus claim like "no new lawsuits" and, when called it on, follow it up with a whopper about these legal wheels in motion, as if they had no way of stopping the lawsuits from actually moving forward. Do they really think that everyone is stupid?
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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Dec 2008 @ 1:20pm

    Piracy is the new shareware. I try everything I can get online first and then will buy it if it is worth a crap otherwise I delete it. Software, music, movies, you name it...why would anyone buy something they have no idea they will like beforehand in this day and age? Why would anyone expect me to pay for something I dont like? Who goes to a concert where a band you have never heard of before is playing and put down 75 bucks for a seat? I test drive a car before I buy it...Even Microsoft is starting to get into the act with limited time trial versions of office on laptops. Now the music industry is so far behind the 8 ball that entire networks of free music is available and easier to attain than they ever could have imagined- if only they had put all that legal money towards distribution and played the margin numbers instead they would still be making a pretty penny instead of gasping their last breath. They are a perfect example of how not to run a business and decades from now their model will be pulled out in business and marketing classes where they will show how the industry could have made billions and instead lost everything.

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