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Discouraging Maths Behind RIAA Legal Crusade

By Phantasm66 · 16 replies
Jul 29, 2003
  1. As we all know, the RIAA's promise to sue every last P2P user who deals in mp3s (pretty much every P2P trader on the net) or other copyrighted media is complete and utter bunkum... But now, an avid reader of The Inquirer has done their sums, and realised that it will in fact take over two thousands years for the RIAA to carry out its threat.

    "I pulled out my calculator to see just how long it would take the RIAA to sue all 60 million P2P music file traders at a rate of 75 a day. 60,000,000/75 = 800,000 days to subpoena each person or 800,000 days/365 days in a year = 2191.78 years to subpoena each person".

    However, judging from the completely ridiculous things that the RIAA have been coming out with (in this reporter's opinion), they may still give it a good shot, even if it is a battle that will take longer to run its course than the time that has elapsed since the birth of Christ.

    Of course, that's not to say that you won't be one of the very unlucky ones who will get picked on, just so an example can be made of you.... Anyone dealing in illegal media swapping should at least be aware that they are breaking the law, and that they COULD be caught and sued.... But will everyone be sued in the end? Maths seems to cast doubts as to the likelihood of this happening effectively....

    "When might this actually start affecting us? When 1 out of every 10 is affected? That would mean they'd have to sue six million people. That would take,...(6,000,000/75 = 80,000)... 80,000 days.. or 219 years! They'd have to sue our great grand children!"

    Read the article here.
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +7

    That will probably be the next silly thing that they will be suggesting....
  3. RustyZip

    RustyZip TechSpot Paladin Posts: 322

    Do/will all these threats from the RIAA etc affect us in dear ol' blighty ???

    Or does this only affect America???
  4. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +7

    I was thinking about this just last night. I do not know.

    But I would imagine that, if anyone is gonna get sued, its gonna be an American....
  5. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    I haven't heard we live in the United States of the World. Neither US senators making these copyright acts nor Recording Industry Association of America have jurisdiction here as far as I know.
  6. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +7

    Yeah, I would imagine that the issues are mainly for Americans, however this does not stop me from being disgusted by the whole thing, and wanting to draw people's attention to how lame it is.
  7. MoRulez

    MoRulez TS Rookie Posts: 65

    From what I know, the RIAA's evil hand mainly encompasses the U.S., and to a lesser extent, Mexico and Canada.

    Be sure to understand the REAL reason all this rucus is happening by reading 'The Music Lover's Manifesto', which you should be able to find on file-sharing clients in PDF format or check the HTML version here :

  8. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +7

    I am not even finished reading your article, MoRulez, and I already think its a fascinating read.


    Its already making me think of all of the great tunes and artists that I didn't know existed until I started downloading from the internet...

    Who knows... Maybe some day artists will covet increased downloading of their songs, in the same way that they currently want increased air time on the radio.
  9. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +7

    -recall Metallica talking about the evils of P2P piracy....

    This last point is interesting....

  10. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    You non us members may become my mp3 laundering service :), nah j/k I can get my stuff without using the p2p networks.
  11. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +7

    You know what....? Even although there is nothing wrong with that sentence at all, as I read it, I can't help but imagine that you are completely drunk right now? Am I right? Save a beer for me, Davie. ;)
  12. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 5,734   +7

    I take it back. The RIAA are God and they can indeed do things like that.

    You know how they were talking about doing some kind of attack over the internet to kill the machines of P2P users? ??

    Well, I was thinking that maybe the way they are going to do this is by concentrating pure evil and firing that flaming fireball of dark energy across the internet to destroy someone for downloading an mp3.....

    Oh man, the world has gone insane. Best to just stay indoors, put a paper bag over your head and listen to the radio.... ;) :eek: :confused:
  13. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 863

    Most likely, they will have it easier going sueing Americans. They will target Americans first, then hop out of the country to the second most popular place of doing it. I think this is a bit extreme and costly, they would need to turn down the P2P servers.
  14. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    Re: Re: Discouraging Maths Behind RIAA Legal Crusade

    Are you sure that'll be legal? if you havnt bought even song that they play(on the radio), it'll be illegial to listen to it ;)
  15. MoRulez

    MoRulez TS Rookie Posts: 65

    P L E A S E spread the word of the 'Music Lover's Manifesto' as much as any of you possibly can.

    The Truth Will Set You Free !
  16. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    Umm, ehh, LOL! Sounds like a Tree-Hugger to me :D (no offence,ack, that was a lil harsh)
  17. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    It was only 7:55 pm, I had probably had a few, but wasn't drunk then, its when you see my posts after 3am Central time (-6:00 GMT) that they are drunk posts.
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