Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Hoist with their own petard?

Just as the pack of jackels called "personal injury" lawyers tend to sue whoever has the deepest pockets, so too does the RIAA try to get congress to outlaw activity by legitimate businesses, rather then spend the effort to prosecute those actually guilty of a crime. Sen Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who usually understands technological issues, has a huge blind spot when it comes to peer-to-peer networks as evidenced by his introduction of the so-called Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act of 2004. Peer-to-peer software vendors, such as Kazaa, are no more offering inducement to copyright infringement by peddling their file-sharing software then the RIAA is by artificially keeping the price of recorded music so high.

Hmm, maybe Hatch does understand. Maybe, if this passes, we can get the trial lawyers to sue the RIAA!

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