RIAA faces another setback in courts

By Justin Mann on January 17, 2008, 11:37 AM
Most whom the RIAA pursues will end up settling. Very few turn and fight, and in the case of some, fighting ends up being a mistake. For others, however, it was exactly the right thing to do. Such was the case of Tanya Andersen, who fought the RIAA back in 2007 and eventually won.

This time around, the RIAA has lost again, with the courts declaring that the RIAA is responsible for attorneys fees and that they can be sued for malicious prosecution. Their gung-ho attitude towards lawsuits has all but become part of their business strategy, as revealed in a recent interview. If only everyone would stand up for themselves, that business model would crumble.

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Nirkon said:
I kinda figured out they want to be perceived like that, its part of their strategy, with the scare tactics... the RIAA manages to screw everyone... even who their working for.
9Nails said:
I agree Nirkron. Music has become over-valued and commoditized through these years. It's now incorporated into our phones, background audio in video games, streamed through the Internet or perhaps a replacement for FM radio. The RIAssS's failure to see it as such is at the heart of the matter. At one time, corporations had to pay large sums of money for a file server in order to share files. Now file services are built-in to the clients and given away for free.It saddens me that the RIAssA would invest so much time and money trying to sue customers. If that energy and focus was positive, perhaps towards an effective digital distribution model, their efforts would turn around and generate sales and profits. Instead, year after year, CD sales decline. This madness has grown to the point where many are boycotting CD sales. It's not that many condone music piracy as much as we are disdained from consumer hostile monopolies. If the RIAssA had an image, a personification, it would be that of Mr. Burns on the Simpsons. They're old, tired, and have outlived their useful life while refusing to understand their customers.
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