Interview with Cara Duckworth of the RIAA

By Justin Mann on January 16, 2008, 11:57 AM
It's easy to hate the RIAA these days, especially because of how close-minded they seem and the bully tactics they employ to get their way. That's why seeing an interview with the RIAA was extremely interesting to me. CNET had an interview with Cara Duckworth of the RIAA, and they asked some hard-hitting questions and came to some interesting conclusions. The most notable of those was that the RIAA actually wants to be perceived just as people see them today – as an organization that relies on lawsuits.

Many good questions are asked, such as why they focus on college students. The answer is blunt: They claim college students don't “appreciate” intellectual property and essentially need to be taught stern lessons. They also ask why the RIAA is so universally loathed, which the RIAA dodged. They claim it's really only “online” that they are hated, and that in the general public they are well received. Somehow, I doubt that. It's a very interesting short interview and definitely worth a read.

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phantasm66 said:
Before reading that, I didn't like the RIAA.Now, after reading it, I think they are the anti-christ, and that Cara Duckworth may indeed possibly be the daughter of Satan.[quote]First, it should be clarified that our college campaign is in addition to the lawsuits we file against individuals using commercial ISPs to illegally download and distribute music. Second, college students have reached a stage in life when their music habits are crystallized, and their appreciation for intellectual property has not yet reached its full development.[/quote]So you should bankrupt them and ruin their future before its even begun? You should have them start out on their professional life with their existing life already in ruins? You should take thou$$$ands from the poorest people in society? Oh my lord, music revenues go down slightly.... and EMINEM only gets to buy one private jet this year instead of two? Its taking from the poor to feed the rich. Its the death cries of an industry that is outdated and is being superceeded by technology.
phantasm66 said:
Subjecting a young person to the pressures of a court case, taking them away from their studies, putting them potentially thousands and thousands in debt.... for downloading a few songs.Its like cutting someone's hand off for stealing a cookie. I'd admit there is a big problem right now with the future of music on the net, but making young people into criminals is just not the answer, plain and simple.
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