p2pnet news | RIAA News:- Anyone could be forgiven for believing the RIAA has successfully targeted thousands of people for illegally sharing music copyrighted by its masters, Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG.
However, only one of the 30,000 or so men, women and children subpoenaed by the RIAA has actually appeared in a civil court and that case, centering on a Minnesota mother, Jammie Thomas, was a farce from beginning to end, and it’s under appeal.
She was ordered to pay the multi-billion-dollar record labels close to $250,000, a ridiculous amount for any ordinary person (as all of the RIAA’s victims are), let alone a single mother with two kids.
It’s reached a point where you can’t do anything with a CD or any other kind of music you paid good money for and according to Sony BMG, even copying your own CD is stealing!
During Thomas’ trial RIAA star witness Jennifer Pariser, billed as “the top litigator for the Sony BMG Music Group,” baldly stated, “when an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song”.
But she’s not alone in making this obviously nonsensical assertion. In fact, she probably got the idea from the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) .
In Atlantic v Howell, the RIAA tries to say ripping music from your ‘legal’ CD is against the law, and picking it up, “If the Judge rules that the RIAA is right, any person in United States who has ever ripped a legally purchased CD will become a copyright thief and a potential target of the RIAA,” notes Duncan Riley in TechCrunch, going on:
“The case itself may not find in favor of defendant but not rule that CD ripping is illegal. Howell is accused of sharing files via Kazaa, but his sole defense is that he did not share those files and they were for personal use only, hence the RIAA’s disturbing argument.”
If the argument is successful, “the only salvation for American’s may be Congress passing laws like other countries have that makes personal copying legal,” he says, “but don’t hold your breath.”
“Congress is too busy trying to pass laws that would strengthen copyright sanctions (such as with the PRO IP Act) and copyright offenders don’t make sizable donations to election campaigns, do they?”
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