14 April 2003
We got your tort reform right here
Columnist Daniels at 411mania.com does the math on the RIAA's lawsuit against college students:
The lawsuit...claims damages of $150,000 per copyrighted work...for up to 700,000 files.
For those of you who don't have a calculator handy, they are suing four college students for more than 96 BILLION dollars. And that's just ONE of the cases.
So, what you have NOW is, not only is the RIAA shutting down corporate websites who are trying to make money... NOW they’re suing college students, who can probably barely afford their next dinner not provided by the dining hall, and who probably make about $8,000/year, much less afford a lawyer for the years that they may be stuck in legal wrangling. It's ridiculous and it should make you sick to your stomach. See, there's another group in the United States that use similar strong-arm tactics to intimidate their marks into submission, but we try to put the Mafia in prison all the time.
Not that the record industry has ever had any connection to the Mob, of course.