The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

13 May 2003

Because they can

The Recording Industry Association of America sends out little bots to crawl around Web space and look for copyrighted music files, and should any be found, the lawyers grind out the boilerplate.

They ground out some of it to the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Pennsylvania State University, which puzzled department officials, inasmuch as there weren't any such files on their servers. Eventually they found what the bot had: a filkish tune about a gamma-ray satellite, written by Dr Peter Usher, which the bot had misidentified as a song by R&B yawner Usher.

The RIAA noted in its apology to Penn State that it does not require its enforcers to audition files called into question. Similarly, you'd hardly expect Stalin to keep track of every single kulak.

Posted at 7:19 AM to PEBKAC

I hate these people with the white-hot intensity of a thousand suns!

They got their hand in your pocket, and when you slap it and take it out of your pocket, they sue. Then they stalk you to make sure you're pockets are still empty.

or something like that...

Posted by: moogirl61 at 4:12 AM on 14 May 2003