RIAA Lawsuit Roundup

This is a short roundup of some of the coverage of the RIAA lawsuit this week in Duluth, Minnesota where a woman was found guilty and fined $220,000 for illegally downloading and sharing 24 songs on the Kazaa network.

Jon Gordon has a list of the 24 songs. “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns & Roses is my favorite on the list.

Darrel Austin compares the $220,000 fine to fines for other crimes in Minnesota. It turns out she would have been better off shoplifting (max $5000) the songs than stealing them online.

PlagiarismToday feels like nothing has been gained from this lawsuit for copyright holders in general who don’t have the deep pockets of the RIAA:

In short, I can envision a universe where I get sued by the RIAA or MPAA, but I can not see one where I behave like them. So as they are drinking champagne at their victory, I, and millions of others of rightsholders, are left to figure out where do we go from here?

And the comments on The Consumerist are worth a review to see how motivated consumers feel about this treatment of a music fan.

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