posted on Apr, 7 2003 @ 10:52 AM
Suit to send message to universities
As a follow up to last week's report about the RIAA's lawsuit against several college students, the Detroit Free Press crunches the numbers behind
the lawsuit. The lawsuit seeks damages of around $150,000 per song, the maximum allowed by law, and the RIAA claims just one student traded in excess
of 652,000 songs. That total winds up around $97.8 trillion, enough money to buy every CD sold in America last year over again for the next 120,000
years. The RIAA's goal is to essentially scare large scale fire traders straight, and to send a message to universities that it's time to better
monitor their networks. "My guess is universities are going to be much more concerned than they have in the past," suggests one RIAA spokesman. "I
don't think any university wants to see their students sued."
I think this is just way out of line. I myself do download a sample of artists, but if I like the artist, I purchase the album, not much harm done
there. I think the RIAA is going a bit far with this one.
150,000$ per song. that's a lot of money.
[Edited on 7-4-2003 by Grommer]