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RIAA vs The People: Four Years Later

RIAA vs The People: Four Years Later

The RIAA won't be too happy once they read the report done by the EFF but it does offer a good read for those interested.

Back in September of 2003, the RIAA started suing anybody that they possibly could. From grandmas with no computers to young kids, there wasn't a single exemption to the lawsuits. The vast majority of those people have settled out of court and a handful have even fought back. Well now, four years later, the EFF has released a 25 page report detailing the effects that those lawsuits have had on the file sharing community and record industry.

The beginning of the document gives a history of the RIAA's first lawsuits and strategies and highlights areas such as the lawsuits against P2P companies (Napster, Grokster, and others) and individuals as well as its strategy to twist the DCMA to force ISPs to reveal the user behind an IP address. Thousands of people ended up settling out of court with the RIAA after being initially sued and it turns out that the RIAA had used illegal tactics to obtain the individual's information. Unfortunately for all that settled, the RIAA never returned any money that it had illegally received in a settlement.

It's actually a very good read and includes other information such as wrongful lawsuits against the deceased, people who didn't own a computer and people who didn't even subscribe to the ISP involved in the infringement case. The RIAA was (and still is, actually) ruthless about its lawsuits, even suing people who had downloaded copies of music that they had legitimately owned.

The really juicy bits of the document include areas such as people fighting back, the fact that P2P has grown substantially since the initial lawsuits with around 35 times as many illegal downloads being made then legal downloads, and the direction that the digital distribution market is heading.

The last seven and a half pages are references for the document itself so it should only take a short amount of your time to read over the other 16 and a half pages. So go ahead and read it in it's entirety and let us know what you think over in the forums or in the comment section below.

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C-Sniper 3rd September 2007, 05:49 Quote
Bout time!
I hope they nail the RIAA and take a good shuck out of them
djellison 3rd September 2007, 09:13 Quote
At least the RIAA havn't started adding adverts to the beginning of legally purchased music downloads telling listeners how bad illegal music will sound. The MIAA's addition of the entirely missleading and factually wrong 'illegal DVD's are terrible' adverts INFRONT OF A MOVIE I JUST PAID £7 TO GO AND SEE is just the last frickin' straw. RIAA, MIAA - both so far out of touch with consumers, they couldn't get it more wrong if they tried.

Doug
proxess 3rd September 2007, 09:34 Quote
Actually even here in Portugal at the cinema before a movie you always get one of those "Downloading is as bad as homicide" ads. But then again people here honestly don't think for themselves and just follow other countries. Sucks!
Ramble 3rd September 2007, 10:04 Quote
Agreed, I hate those damn adverts. £5 for a ticket and I get to wade through 30 minutes of stupid adverts.
If they started doing that to music, well, good luck with them getting past wave out + audacity.
Bauul 3rd September 2007, 11:08 Quote
The EFF's closing idea about a volentary payment once a month that allows people to do whatever the hell they like without fear of legal problems is quite intreguing. On the surface it sounds like a dumb idea, but then the TV Lisence system springs to mind. You don't need a TV lisence to watch TV, and the only way the government would know if you had an illegal TV is if they came to your house and waved an aerial about. But, despite this, everyone does get a TV lisence, it almost goes without saying. True, you do get the occasional illegal TV in student halls for example, but it's surprisingly rare. Could the same thing work for music downloads? Possibly not, but you never know.
Bauul 3rd September 2007, 11:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by djellison
INFRONT OF A MOVIE I JUST PAID £7 TO GO AND SEE

Doug

£7??? Where the hell do you go to the cinema? It's about £3 at my local Vue, even less on Tuesdays or with a student card.
Flibblebot 3rd September 2007, 11:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ramble
Agreed, I hate those damn adverts. £5 for a ticket and I get to wade through 30 minutes of stupid adverts.
If they started doing that to music, well, good luck with them getting past wave out + audacity.
What really annoys me is that most DVDs now contain that annoying "being a pirate is worse than being a paedophile" ad thing. Worse still is the fact that you can't forward past that ad. I paid a tenner for that DVD, I'm not a pirate, now just let me skip the crap, please.
Acehole 3rd September 2007, 12:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Flibblebot
What really annoys me is that most DVDs now contain that annoying "being a pirate is worse than being a paedophile" ad thing. Worse still is the fact that you can't forward past that ad. I paid a tenner for that DVD, I'm not a pirate, now just let me skip the crap, please.

Exactly, I can't stand that, we are being punished for paying rather than downloading it (plus if I had downloaded it I could probably get a HD version rather than SD). That said I can usually skip the ad by pressing the menu button on my remote ;)
RTT 3rd September 2007, 12:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
£7??? Where the hell do you go to the cinema? It's about £3 at my local Vue, even less on Tuesdays or with a student card.

Vue down here is £7.20 after 5PM ...
DXR_13KE 3rd September 2007, 15:18 Quote
why do these guys do this the illogical way? it does not make sense....
automagsrock 3rd September 2007, 15:35 Quote
As a proud EFF member I was excited when this document was first released. I really hope every one reads what the RIAA has been doing to people. Their tactics are reminiscent of a school-yard bully: Threatening people and pushing them around a bit until they get what they want.

I hope that the people who work at the RIAA will one day feel ashamed for this. When I read the news article about the 7 year old girl getting sued AND the dead woman being sued I wanted to fly out to California and punch each one of them and their lawyers in the face.

It's sickening what people will do for money now-a-days :(
quack 3rd September 2007, 16:47 Quote
Also a proud EFF member. :)
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Originally Posted by Flibblebot
What really annoys me is that most DVDs now contain that annoying "being a pirate is worse than being a paedophile" ad thing. Worse still is the fact that you can't forward past that ad. I paid a tenner for that DVD, I'm not a pirate, now just let me skip the crap, please.
http://www.tuxick.net/pics/piracy2.jpg
completemadness 3rd September 2007, 16:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by quack
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lmao :D so true
severedhead 3rd September 2007, 21:09 Quote
lol quack, thats awesome!

Fortunately my DVD player skips all the crap and goes straight to the menu when I play a DVD. Way to go LG!
GoodBytes 3rd September 2007, 23:07 Quote
"Ahhh!!! illegal download are growing as we sue more and more people! QUICK Sue more to to fix the problem!"
DXR_13KE 4th September 2007, 00:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by GoodBytes
"Ahhh!!! illegal download are growing as we sue more and more people! QUICK Sue more to to fix the problem!"
your logic is infallible.
Eraflo 4th September 2007, 00:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
your logic is infallible.

Your sarcasm-dar is borked
completemadness 5th September 2007, 01:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by Eraflo
Your sarcasm-dar is borked
or is yours ?! (*some sci fi music*)
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