p2p news / p2pnet: It`s been proven over and over again. Big Four record label cartel file sharing subpoenas are achieving absolutely nothing except to cause terrible grief to men women, and even young children.
A recent victim is a 42-year-old unemployed disabled mother, Tanya Andersen, who’s counter-suing the cartel under the RICO Act, normally used to prosecute major crime gangs. Another is Britanny Chan, a 14-year-old Michigan school-girl.
Yet the labels have fired off 745 more subpoenas dressed up as `lawsuits` in their relentless and futile sue `em all marketing campaign, bringing the total to close to 16,000.
Through their RIAA, they give the impression there have been thousands of successful `prosecutions,` turning the Innocent until proven Guilty cornerstone of US law into a mockery because not one of the 16,000 victims has ever appeared before a judge.
With an estimated 61 million people sharing on the p2p networks in the US alone, the number of people victimized by the Organized Music family, EMI Group (UK), Sony BMG (Japan, Germany), Warner Music (US) and Vivendi Universal (France) doesn`t register.
However, `16,000` generates excellent headlines for the mainstream media, who continue to ignore the fact that more and more people are refusing to cave in to cartel attempts to blackmail them into buying over-priced, lack-luster `product`.
Organized Music`s RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has been singling out universities, claiming Internet2 is allowing students to grab more files at faster download rates.
It recently joined Internet2 to, study advanced content distribution technologies.
It did indeed, so it could use the results to pillory even more students.
Meanwhile, the first annual p2p litigation summit will be held at the Chicago Northwestern University Law School on November 3.
In September, 2003, the Recording Association of America filed the first wave of lawsuits against individual p2p file sharers, says the registration site, going on:
“Two years and 14,000 lawsuits later, both P2P file-sharing and file-sharing litigation continue unabated, and members of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) are now suing individual and Internet users as well. It’s time to step back and consider where this litigation has been, where it’s going, and whether there is a better way. This one-day conference will cover these salient legal issues.”
Finally, do these pointless and bloody-minded Big Music farces disgust you as much as they disgust us? Yeh? You may be able to help.
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First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win
- Mohandas Gandhi
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 political representatives. 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.
major crime gangs – Victim sues RIAA under RICO Act, October 2, 2005
school-girl – Big Music wants Britanny Chan, September 27, 2005
refusing to cave in – The ‘We’re Not Taking Any More’ club, September 17, 2005
advanced content – RIAA, MPAA, penetrate Internet2, September 10, 2005
may be able to help – Wanted: p2p tech experts, October 24, 2005