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    The RIAA's recent case and a pending case in the UK provide some insight into whom it might prosecute next

    The Recording Industry Association of America is the oft villainized copyright-infringement watchdog for the music industry in the U.S. Its letters to music sharers have led to thousands of settlement over the last few years. Now, following its recent success in the jury civil trial Capitol Records, et al v. Jammie Thomas, which resulted in a jury verdict of $222,000 in damages, many wonder who the RIAA might target next.

    The RIAA might have given a clue during testimony by music industry lawyers in the Thomas case. During the case Jennifer Pariser, the head of litigation for Sony BMG, was called to testify. Pariser noted that music labels make no money on bands touring, radio, or merchandise, so they are particularly vulnerable to file sharing. She went on to say that when people steal music the label is harmed.

    Pariser believes in a very broad definition of stealing that is echoed by many supporters in the RIAA. She believes that users who buy songs are entitled to one, and only one copy. Burning CDs is just another name for stealing, in her mind. "When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." Making "a copy" of a purchased song is just "a nice way of saying 'steals just one copy'."(What the fuck???)

    Such logic has been a driving force behind efforts to "rights manage" music including the current DRM found on Apple's iTunes files and Microsoft's DRM, which is also widespread.

    While it seems unlikely that the RIAA would be able to effectively identify "burners", such litigation remains a legal possibility for the RIAA and major music labels, in the minds of their lawyers.

    Another possible avenue of legal action for the RIAA is the pursuit of businesses that play unauthorized music in stores.
    The Performing Rights Society (PRS), Britain's version of the RIAA, may give the RIAA some possible ideas with its pending litigation. The PRS is suing the Kwik Fit Group, a car repair shop in Edinburgh, for 200,000 in damages. The case revolves around the complaint that Kwik Fit employees brought in personal radios which they played while working on cars, which could be heard by colleagues and customers. The PRS says this amounts to a public "performance" and should have entailed royalties.

    The possible implications if this litigation succeeds are numerous. The RIAA could pursue retailers like Borders Books who play music in their restrooms or on their store floors. They could also seek action against small businesses that have radios in their stores. (yeah go after the small business like their not attacked enough by the big guys)

    These possible future targets may seem outlandish or farfetched, but the RIAA and its foreign equivalents have some heavy legal firepower. It hires many of the country's top lawyers and have gained millions in settlements and recently have added the $222,000 Thomas verdict to its coffers.

    Some fear the RIAA is overstepping its bounds, including in the Thomas case. Rep. Rick Boucher, a Virginia Democrat, and strong advocate of fair use, recently went on record stating that the trial verdict was excessive and "way out of line" with other cases of this nature.

    The Bush Administration feels that the case was very fair and was a positive example of our nation's laws at work.

    "Cases such as this remind us strong enforcement is a significant part of the effort to eliminate piracy, and that we have an effective legal system in the U.S. that enables rights holders to protect their intellectual property."

    With the RIAA's powerful legal, financial, and political backers nobody can truly say what it impossible for it to accomplish. Now as it is in the midst of delivering its eighth wave of infringement letters to colleges, it may soon be turning its attention to CD burners or businesses that play music in front of customers.
    DailyTech - RIAA Eyes Next Possible Targets: CD Burners, Radio Listeners

    Why stop there? The RIAA must as well make music illegal at school dances and football parties. Matter of fact they should make humming and singing in the shower illegal too, cuz you know music must be protected from piracy even in our own homes.

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    They want to sue stores that play the radio? WTF? Hello, RIAA!! The only reason anyone wants to buy your crappy manufactured "music" in the first place is because they heard it on the fucking radio in the first place!

    And BTW, if I buy a CD, I own that fucking music. I have the right to copy it to my hard drive and then copy it to another mix CD to play in my car or copy it to my MP3 player to play in the gym.

    These people are fucking out of their minds with greed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotncmom View Post
    They want to sue stores that play the radio? WTF? Hello, RIAA!! The only reason anyone wants to buy your crappy manufactured "music" in the first place is because they heard it on the fucking radio in the first place!

    And BTW, if I buy a CD, I own that fucking music. I have the right to copy it to my hard drive and then copy it to another mix CD to play in my car or copy it to my MP3 player to play in the gym.

    These people are fucking out of their minds with greed.
    Exactly, If I burn a cd that I PAID for, then burn it, this should not cause a problem.

    BTW, 90% of the music that is on the FREE radio, stink. Joys of having satellite radio, I PAID for my music. So RIAA, kiss my butt!
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