The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

14 April 2003

We got your tort reform right here

Columnist Daniels at does the math on the RIAA's lawsuit against college students:

The 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.

Oh, wait....

(Via Fark)

Posted at 7:52 AM to PEBKAC

"...ninety-six...BILLION...dollars!" It has to be said a la Dr. Evil to have any true dramatic effect.

Posted by: DavidMSC at 9:51 AM on 14 April 2003

Not to mention that the record industry makes Dr. Evil look intelligent and competent in comparison...

Posted by: susan b. at 12:24 PM on 14 April 2003

Dang -- maybe I should've gone to law school. When people talk about legalized robbery, there's only one "community" that can actually pull it off...

Posted by: Kevin McGehee at 1:52 PM on 14 April 2003