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RIAA sues 493 more music swappers

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Tuesday, May 25, 2004
News Categories: Digital Media

“A U.S. music industry group said Monday it had sued 493 more people for copyright infringement as part of its campaign to stop consumers from copying music over the Internet.

The Recording Industry Association of America has now sued nearly 3,000 individuals since last September in an attempt to discourage people from copying songs through “peer to peer” networks like Kazaa and LimeWire.”

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1

Boo.

Posted by AMG on May 25, 2004 at 12:40 PM (PDT)

2

wondering how they caught those innocent people

Posted by ...... on May 25, 2004 at 2:02 PM (PDT)

3

man they should just give up already….go on to kazaa and look how many ppl are on, theyll never stop them all

Posted by eric spano on May 25, 2004 at 2:30 PM (PDT)

4

Yeah, but why bother altering your business model and selling music when you can make an honest living by just suing all your customers? At $3000 a pop, that’s a lot of iTunes… Oh, yeah. That’s a lot less than legally filling an iPod with iTunes purchased music. Maybe they should reconsider…

Posted by tinaa on May 25, 2004 at 3:54 PM (PDT)

5

I WONDER HOW THE RIAA FEELS ABOUT APPLE PROMOTING PIRACY?

iTunes includes the ability to convert your files from WMA to AAC… this is so that people can hold onto their previously collected music.

Posted by Big Sid on May 25, 2004 at 5:40 PM (PDT)

6

how do they catch you?
i download off kazaa all the time…

Posted by sdfasdf on May 25, 2004 at 6:35 PM (PDT)

7

By logging your IP

Posted by ....... on May 25, 2004 at 8:29 PM (PDT)

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A) WMA does not equal pirated music.
B) How many times do you find WMA songs on P2P networks?
C) Ah, you answered never to “B”...by that logic, iTunes shouldn’t support MP3s since they’re the most widely pirated format.

Posted by AMG on May 26, 2004 at 5:28 AM (PDT)

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I wonder how much the lawyers are getting paid vs. the amount of money they will actually collect - in other words, what’s the ROI on all these lawsuits?  I can’t imagine the artists getting more than a few pennies per dollar collected, if anything at all.  Just like the class action suit against Microsoft, where the lawyers are looking for tens of millions of dollars in fees, while Joe Consumer gets a coupon for $20 off a $500 copy of MS Office.  An f-ing joke, really.

I suggest y’all take a look at allofmp3.com - it’s a Russian music download site that charges .01 per MB of data!  They don’t have everything, but there is a lot to choose from.  An average album encoded at 192k costs about fitty cent.  Good deal, and no “they’re gonna sue me” worries.  The RIAA can’t do a damn thing about it, because it apparently conforms to Russian copyright laws.  Dos Vidanya to my Russian friends!!

Posted by JobsIsGod on May 26, 2004 at 5:56 AM (PDT)

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“How many times do you find WMA songs on P2P networks?”

Quite frequently actually.

What’s *really* annoying is that sometimes people have not switched off the anti-copy bit while ripping from CD so those WMAs can’t be played on an unauthorised PC.

Posted by WMA on May 26, 2004 at 6:32 AM (PDT)

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Quote “The RIAA can’t do a damn thing about it, because it apparently conforms to Russian copyright laws. Dos Vidanya to my Russian friends!! “

Since Russian law only applies to the people of Russia, anybody using allofmp3.com from outside the country IS breaking the law.

Posted by Bob Kenny on May 26, 2004 at 10:14 AM (PDT)

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Yes but the RIAA has no right or jurisdiction to investigate a site based out of Russia so anyone using allofmp3.com is safe.

When will these RIAA morons learn?  Rather than suing people why not change your business model to give consumers what they want.

If the Recording industry will not give people what they want consumers will seek it elsewhere.

This is just payback for 80+ years of record company greed.

Thank God I live in Canada.

Posted by LSC on May 26, 2004 at 12:22 PM (PDT)

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i’m considering buying a mini ipod when they go on sale in the UK but i dont know much about them. i was wondering if it is possible, theoretically (i realise its horribly illegal) to download music from kazaa to the ipod or if it has to be purchased through itunes…thanks smile

Posted by Laura on June 22, 2004 at 1:33 PM (PDT)

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I’ve been using allofmp3.com while on a business trip to Russia smile and let me tell you - it has been wonderful experience all the way.

Ukie

Posted by Ukie on June 23, 2004 at 4:45 AM (PDT)

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