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BBC News: Q&A: Will I be sued for music-swapping?

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Thursday, July 10, 2003
News Categories: Digital Media

As the articles’ title notes, an interesting Q&A has been published by BBC News regarding the possible suing of individuals by the RIAA and the state of digital music.

Could I be sued for swapping a few songs?

Theoretically, you could. But the RIAA says it is suing file swappers who have consistently trade large amounts. 

It recently took action against a college student in Michigan who ran a network offering more than 650,000 files - the equivalent of more than 43,000 albums. They have chased other users who have again uploaded thousands of files.”

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1

Why does every article on this topic fail to mention the fact that CD prices have risen, we’re in a recession, and the labels push CDs with many filler songs?

Posted by zync on July 11, 2003 at 4:59 PM (PDT)

2

Not only that, but the slant that the RIAA has taken has also led to a decrease in CD sales.

Posted by zync on July 11, 2003 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

3

I legally purchased cassette tapes back in 1984 and obviously, the tapes have degraded and the music is no longer playable.  Why should I re-purchase a CD at an inflated cost when I could download these tracks?  I’ve already purchased a license for the music (twice if I’ve upgraded from an album) and I’m not going to do it a third time. 

Posted by Bender on July 12, 2003 at 12:03 PM (PDT)

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