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RIAA strikes at college campuses

“The recording industry filed lawsuits Tuesday against 89 people suspected of illegally sharing songs using the computer networks of 21 major universities, including Stanford University and UC Berkeley.

The Recording Industry Association of America filed 532 new lawsuits in the trade group’s battle against individuals who share songs for free using programs like Kazaa. The new round of suits includes 13 people identified as John Doe defendants in three lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.”

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Makes me wonder how long it will be before corporate network servers are targeted.

Posted by breathe on March 24, 2004 at 12:23 PM (CST)


welp, only 540,030, 123 more to go.

Posted by dave on March 24, 2004 at 12:36 PM (CST)


The sharing will never end.

Posted by robotZER0 on March 24, 2004 at 4:10 PM (CST)


I do feel sorry for them tho….i mean they’re students! it’s not like they have heaps of money kicking about to hand over

Posted by .::Kit::. on March 24, 2004 at 4:13 PM (CST)


“.i mean they’re students! it’s not like they have heaps of money kicking about to hand over”

That’s precisely why they should fight this .I bet there are laywers who would defnend them pro bono. Mostly everyone who has been targeted so far has settled and paid the fine instead of allowing the case to see the courts.

More of these cases should be fought.

Posted by mGee on March 24, 2004 at 5:21 PM (CST)


mGee, you are a tool.  Period.
They deserve it - they’re thieves.  Period.

Posted by SB on March 24, 2004 at 6:51 PM (CST)


I have to agree with mGee. More cases have to be fought. The RIAA cant go around sueing everybody, Sombody has to stand up to them.

Posted by WOLF MAN on March 24, 2004 at 7:08 PM (CST)


SB, YOU MAKE ME SICK!!! “Period”

Posted by WOLF MAN on March 24, 2004 at 7:11 PM (CST)


“they are students, it’s not like they have heaps of money kicking about to hand over”

Then they shouldn’t have committed theft.

Being too poor to afford a luxury NEVER justifies the theft of a luxury.

Music is a luxury.

It’d be a different story altogether if they were penniless political refugees stealing crusts of bread….

Posted by Graffo on March 24, 2004 at 7:45 PM (CST)


funny, didn’t like 5 of the major record labels, all riaa affiliates, just get sued for price fixing?  and didn’t they lose?

Who’se cheating who here?  The only difference is, those labels have money that college kids don’t.

Posted by dave on March 24, 2004 at 8:02 PM (CST)


“Music is a luxury.”

Music is a culture FACT OF LIFE.  NOT a luxury.  Music has been around since the dawn of humans.  Record companies are making music a luxury item by charging insane amounts of money for what is and will always be a cultural staple. 

Music existed before businesses and corporations.

Posted by someguy on March 24, 2004 at 8:05 PM (CST)



Posted by Cullen on March 25, 2004 at 2:58 AM (CST)


someguy - you said it all.  Music is a cultural staple.  Artists make jack $h!t off of their album sales, there money comes from touring.  This is a known fact and some middle age rich bastard doesn’t diserve my hard earned cash, for somebody elses creative statement! period!

Posted by Jody on March 25, 2004 at 5:14 AM (CST)


THAT IS SUCH A NARROW MINDED VIEW POINT! music has been around long before the music idustry and will still be around long after this dated buisness model is in practice!

The music companies are operating an outdated business model. They are creating costs and complications for themselves by producing CDs, wrapping them in expensive packaging, incurring the costs of distribution and then allowing retailers to take their cut of the cake. If they allowed online music downloads for a fee they could reduce their own costs and still make money by offering consumers lower prices. Just because they have a stranglehold on the consumer today does not mean they should maintain their outdated and inefficient business model.

As soon as some real competition is introduced into their industry they will be undercut by someone who can offer a distribution system that benefits the consumer and not just their own pockets.

Music a gift as probasive to mankind as love or language…MUSIC IS NOT A LUXURY!

Posted by .::KIT::. on March 25, 2004 at 5:51 AM (CST)


As usual you’re all throwing your weight around, trying to prove your intellectual ability (which is clearly very low).

Some things don’t need to be debated. People like music, people hate paying. It’s easy to download whatever you want. End of story. Don’t get caught, and if you do, say it wasn’t you.

“PERIOD!!!” (tosser)

Posted by who cares on March 25, 2004 at 6:25 AM (CST)


u do know thiss a discussion board don’t u?!!?!?!?

isn’t it funny how people tend to discuss on them…

if u don’t wanner talk about this subject then get the f*ck off this page and get hostile somewhere elce!

Posted by .::KIT::. on March 25, 2004 at 6:49 AM (CST)


Why not go into Wal-Mart and just steal the CD’s from the store?  What is the difference?

Posted by none on March 25, 2004 at 7:20 AM (CST)



the difference is, you’re stealing a physical cd, with a physical booklet, in a physical case, and getting cd quality music.

Downloading mp3s is a far cry from stealing cds so do us a favor and leave your crappy analogies at home. 



Posted by dave on March 25, 2004 at 9:00 AM (CST)


Yeah none you dipstick. Producing physical CD’s costs the manufacturer money.

Each additional illegal download of a track or album costs NOTHING. Most of the tracks would never be bought anyway, even if there weren’t free routes to obtaining them, so basically everyone should shut the fuck up about this as it’s just the way it is.

BTW who cares - so refreshing to hear someone tell it how it is.

Posted by dave's mate on March 25, 2004 at 9:06 AM (CST)


Forgot to ask - why is it no-one involved in this sort of iPod community has any sense of humour whatsoever? Why are you all total arseholes waiting to flame each other and prove how clever you are all the time?

Why is that?

Posted by dave's mate on March 25, 2004 at 9:08 AM (CST)

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