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A legal brief filed Sunday in a case that the Recording Industry Association of America is pursuing in Massachusetts argues that federal copyright law is not so overly broad and its penalties not so unduly severe they count as "punitive." Current law allows a copyright holder to receive up to $150,000 in damages per violation.
Until recently, a top Justice Department official represented the RIAA in the Massachusetts case. In January, Obama picked Tom Perrelli for associate attorney general; he was listed as a "lead attorney" for the RIAA in the case and filed a formal notice of withdrawal less than two weeks earlier.
On February 4, Obama picked as associate deputy attorney general Donald Verrilli, who represented the RIAA in the Jammie Thomas case. Verrilli didn't file a motion to withdraw from the case until last week.
As we progress we could see the end of hard media (cd's, dvd's etc.). Today the problem vary well could be exaggerated but in the future it is likely to grow.
Furthermore we could only hope that as we progress these huge entertainment company's start to play a lesser role in distributing media.
I feel strongly about this issues but I can't find the words to explain myself.
Instead of stealing music, movies, etc. how about just paying for it like you should be?
Music at 99 cents a track and movie downloads off Netflix are reasonable nowadays.
There's a lot of work that goes into producing these works that you like so much.
According to the report, the RIAA and digital media companies (DiMA) believe the 9 cents they currently pay for each physical copy sold or digital media file that's downloaded is much too high. And as the music industry loses revenue, the RIAA and DiMA believe the artists should "accept less money in order to keep the whole industry alive."
How would you feel if artists got fed up with all the rampant piracy and decided not to produce anything new?
I find it ironic and pathetic that you guys are complaining about corporate greed while whining that you can't satisfy your own greed by stealing through peer to peer.