Thursday, February 21, 2008

RIAA at it again

The RIAA has made it obvious time and time again that suing their loyal fans is a better business strategy than actually finding new and innovative business models. Of course, they don't want to go at it alone, and would love to get DAs to prosecute more pirating cases. Their latest tactic is a doozy: a training video created for the National District Attorneys Association.

Apparently, the RIAA is claiming that prosecuting piracy can be used to convict known criminals who the DAs can't convict on more serious charges. Think Al Capone, who was convicted on tax evasion charges. One gem from the video: Frank Walters is asked if people who have committed serious crimes are "gravitating to this type of piracy." Walters replies "More often than not, we find that most of the defendants we deal with...have spent time incarcerated on much more serious crimes." If that's the case, I wonder that the RIAA repeatedly claims that college campuses are the biggest source of piracy? Most college students hardly fit the picture of a typical music pirate painted by Frank Walters and Deborah Robinson.

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