don wrote:Maybe that's the RIAA's point. Make so that everyone would think, "Why would I risk trying it even once and getting fined, when, for the same amount, I could have a legitimate library of 80,000 songs?"
I don't disagree with you there. My point is that this seems excessive for downloading (she was not convicted of sharing/uploading). I don't get how downloading the song is so much worse than stealing the CD from Walmart.
If you steal one CD in Minnesota you can't be fined more than $1,000.https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/statutes/?id=609.52
2008 Minnesota Statutes - 609.52 THEFT.
"where the value of the property or services stolen is $500 or less, to imprisonment for not more than 90 days or to payment of a fine of not more than $1,000, or both"
If you stole an entire CD (12 songs) from Walmart you receive up to a $1,000 fine, but if you downloaded the same CD you would receive a fine of $1Million ($80,000 x 12). A 1000 to 1 ratio seems ridiculous. Stealing the CD from Walmart would me that you now have access to the copyrighted cover art too.
Need to know the motivation behind anything... follow the money. After all, they describe themselves as:
The Recording Industry Association of America is the trade group that represents the U.S. recording industry. Its mission is to foster a business and legal climate that supports and promotes our members' creative and financial vitality. Its members are the record companies that comprise the most vibrant national music industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate sound recordings produced and sold in the United States.
Follow the money, that is the sad part in this whole thing. They say it is for the artists but none of the money is. The artists are even thinking about filing their own lawsuit against the RIAA.http://torrentfreak.com/riaa-keeps-sett ... ey-080228/
don wrote:Don't you think it is very worth it to them monetarily to get this kind of thought process in the heads of music fans?
Depending on the "them" in this sentence. I assume you mean RIAA and
I would disagree with that point since I don't believe that is their goal (my opinion).
The only one who benefits from the lawsuits is the RIAA, and if all the lawsuits stopped then the RIAA wouldn't have an income stream and they would dry up. If I were the lawyers for the RIAA I would definitely tell them it is a good idea to continue with the lawsuits, I would get to keep my job then.
Note: I do NOT believe that downloading music like this is right, I just think it isn't being handled properly.