Sunday, April 23, 2006


Only by taking a firm line can the RIAA hope to stamp out the scourge of illegal file sharing. It's already tried suing the dead and the prepubescent - now, according to reports in the Rockmart Journal, it's managed to bring legal action against a family which hasn't been file sharing.

Indeed, they don't have internet access.

In fact, they don't have a PC.

It does make you wonder - all those parents who have grudgingly settled a massive bill from the RIAA because they were told their kids had been swapping files: did they just take the RIAA's claims at face value?

If the RIAA is able to be wrong so astonishingly on these occasions, where is its data coming from? It couldn't be that it's just picking out families at random, and assuming that if there's teenagers, there must be a PC, and if there is a PC, there must be file sharing, and if there's filesharing, there will be parents keen to pay up quickly to keep their kids out of court?

Maybe it is a genuine, terrible mistake. Again. But it makes you wonder.