Well, about a thousand people across the United States have been served federal copyright infringement cases by the RIAA and many of them have been in California. This probably comes as no surprise, since California has been the hotbed of technology in the United States for years.

Many file swappers around the country, and locally, are now running scared and hiring lawyers to combat the RIAA in federal court. This story also talks about another user, an 67-year-old man was served papers because of the downloads of his 23-year-old daughter. Damn, even parents and grandfathers are being served!

Well, if you are (or were) a Kazaa user and your ISP has little or no backbone, you’ll probably get a letter. Luckily, many universities are resisting the RIAA and not releasing the names of students involved in music swapping. Unfortunately, Verizon has already folded to RIAA pressure in court and now so has Comcast cable. And if Earthlink and SBC (formerly Pacific Bell) lose to the RIAA people will be fucked, especially in San Francisco.

So far, the RIAA has only served about 1,000 of the 60 million active Kazaa users in the United States. It seems pretty insignificant compared to the size of the problem, unless you are one of the users dealing with a federal lawsuit. One thing is certain, this is a lottery that you do not want to win.


  1. How about serving up some legal toilet paper to the sick bastards that host kiddie-porn sites and who actively swap those files? F*cking politics! The court system is willing to accomodate the music labels, artists, etc. Yet there are millions of files being swapped each day that pose a far greater danger to society. I think it’s a sign that if you’ve got deep pockets and a bad case of hemorrhoids you can have the courts do your bidding. Sad, sad state of affairs.

    #1 by JJ — July 25, 2003 @ 9:09 am

  2. Verizon didn’t fold… They lost in court. They’re appealing, and have vowed to keep appealing until they either win, or run out of higher courts.

    #2 by Dave — July 25, 2003 @ 10:52 am

  3. Tim, you are a wise man. Very well said.

    #3 by JJ — July 26, 2003 @ 1:35 am

  4. I think a lot of people have contempt for all the “bling bling” that we see in the music industry. It can’t be doing all that bad with the lifestyle these rockstars are living. Of course, I’m sure all these lawsuits will give some Music CEO’s a nice christmas bonus, while parents and grandparents are forced to pay for their children’s and grandchildrens downloading of music.

    What is the difference between recording a song off the radio and downloading a song that’s on the radio directly to your PC? There is a lot of grey area there.

    #4 by Tim — July 26, 2003 @ 8:48 am

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