That’s Kylee the Kopyright Kriminal on the right. You can tell just from looking at her that she’s out to do ill to Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG.
Having accused her mother, Tanya, of being an illicit online music distributor, the Big 4 music cartel wanted their RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) lawyers to grill 10-year-old Kylee. Face-to-face.
Was the idea to try to get information from her so they could use it against her mother? Or are they going to claim Kylee herself is another of those “massive online distributors of copyrighted music” who are, according to the multi-billion-dollar Big 4, “devastating” the corporate music industry?
After all, Kylee was seven when the RIAA first zeroed in on her mother, who’s disabled and who gets by on a pension. And as every online criminal and thief knows, seven is the perfect age to start as an illegal music distributor.
Judge Donald Ashmanskas partially spiked the RIAA’s guns, ruling it can speak with Kylee, but at her home, and by telephone only.
But even that’s a farce. The RIAA shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near Kylee, by phone or by any other means.
In USA Today’s Tech Space, “The RIAA is now attempting to depose 10-year-olds,” notes Angela Gunn, going on:
Seriously, the music industry wants to put a ten-year-old girl under oath to be grilled by lawyers. Most of us would be creeped out at the thought of our favorite ten-year-olds spending grownup-type time with their favorite music stars, much less with those stars’ lawyers – are we comfortable as a society with the thought of some piece of juris doctor interrogating little girls? Isn’t that, like, a Dateline NBC special in the making?
The Kylee case is bad, but it’s nothing new. Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG have been using their RIAA-like units trampling on the rights of their own customers in North America and abroad for years. And we let them get away with it, somehow forgetting we don’t depend on them, they depend on us.
“This has been going on now for two and a half years and has turned my life upside down,” Tanya Andersen told me recently. “It continues to be a huge source of stress and chaos in my life. I certainly don’t feel like a free human being at this point because it just continues to go on and on–it doesn’t seem to matter what proof I give them or what questions I’ve answered for them.”
It’s almost the end of March, designated Boycott the RIAA month. So how about extending that into April? And then May? And then …..
There’s a ton of excellent and affordable non-corporate music online.
You don’t need the Big 4 for that.
Kylee Andersen travesty – RIAA vs Kylee Andersen, 10, March 27, 2007
partially spiked – RIAA loses in Kylee case, March 27, 2007
Tech Space – They’re coming for your kids, March 27, 2007
Boycott the RIAA month – It’s March. So Boycott the RIAA!, March 27, 2007
If your Net access is blocked by government restrictions, try Psiphon from the Citizen Lab at thIs the end (of the Net) nigh?zze University of Toronto’s Munk Centre for International Studies. Go here for the official download, here for the p2pnet download, and here for details. And if you’re Chinese and you’re looking for a way to access independent Internet news sources, try Freegate, the DIT program written to help Chinese citizens circumvent web site blocking outside of China. Download it here.
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Tired of being treated like a criminal? They depend on you, not the other way around. Don’t buy their ‘product’. Do bug your local politicians. Use emails, snail-mail, phone calls, faxes, IM, stop them in the street, blog. And if you’re into organizing, organize petitions, organize demonstrations and then turn up on your local political rep’s doorstep, making sure you’ve contacted your local tv/radio station/newspaper in advance. Don’t just complain. Do something!