Why the RIAA isn’t doing the music industry any favors

“The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has claimed victory against LimeWire after a years-long battle,” Don Reisinger writes for Electronista. “Earlier this week, a US District Court ruled that the file-sharing site was responsible for causing copyright infringement through its service.”

“‘The following factors, taken together, establish that LW intended to encourage infringement by distributing LimeWire: (1) LW’s awareness of substantial infringement by users; (2) LW’s efforts to attract infringing users; (3) LW’s efforts to enable and assist users to commit infringement; (4) LW’s dependence on infringing use for the success of its business; and (5) LW’s failure to mitigate infringing activities,’ Judge Kimba Wood ruled,” Reisinger reports.

“The result of the ruling could mean the end of LimeWire, a long-time file-sharing service that enjoyed nearly unprecedented success in the market,” Reisinger writes. “LimeWire CEO George Searle said in a statement that although his company is displeased by the ruling, it plans to work ‘with the entire music industry’ going forward to deliver music-based services that appeal to listeners.”

“For its part, the RIAA couldn’t be happier. The organization wrote in a statement that the ‘ruling is an extraordinary victory for the entire creative community.’ It went on to say that it was ‘gratified by the court’s careful and thorough analysis of the facts and applicable law,'” Reisinger writes. “But whether or not the RIAA’s victory will actually work in the music industry’s favor is decidedly up for debate.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

34 Comments

  1. @Melan

    I can’t believe you just put the word “noble” and “RIAA” in the same sentence. Pirating is b.s. but the RIAA is as foul as any organization on the planet.

  2. I tried to use Limewire and other file sharing programs in the past, and almost always had to dig through heaps of rubbish to get what you want, even with a specific search. Blagh, never again.

  3. The RIAA may do many, many things that you or I may not agree with, but that doesn’t mean they’re inherently evil. This is what they exist for, and this is an example of them doing what they’re supposed to do. Music has value. Go after the dealers, not their clients.

  4. “… the RIAA couldn’t be happier.”

    Anytime you read that you know a bunch of people just got fucked.

    Fuck RIAA.

    Hey – post that on Digg and you’ll get 14,000 diggs.

  5. Total waste of time. A war on the illegal copying of music is about as useful as a war on drugs, or a war on terror for that matter.

    Ever since tape records, people have been copying music. Killing Limewire will just move it’s music piraters on to torrents, then from torrents on to the next thing. Just like busting the drug dealer at the end of the street, will just move their clients on to the dealer at the other end of the street. Pointless!

    It’s all about being ‘seen’ as accomplishing something rather than actually accomplishing something. Anyway, screw the record industry, they failed to embrace the legal online distribution of music and are still not entirely happy about the whole notion. Shit scared that it basically makes them redundant.

    Record your own music, distribute your own music online, keep all of the money (after taxes of course) for yourself. Who the hell needs a record company?

  6. I don’t have a problem with this. What’s with the sense of entitlement?!

    Because music is easy to obtain ILLEGALLY, people feel they have the RIGHT to do so?

    Sure, the record companies are greedy, but it still doesn’t mean it’s ok to steal. I have the same arguments with friends all the time about software.

    Adobe OVERCHARGES for Creative Suite, but maybe if everyone bought the software it would cost a fraction of what it does now. Don’t like what they charge, use something else. You want to use the industry standard, raise your rates to cover the cost. If you’re a student, the prices are very affordable.

  7. Waste of time. Sure.

    But maybe if people grew up with morals and new right from wrong, these lawsuits wouldn’t be necessary.

    Just because you can take something, doesn’t mean you should.

  8. What pisses me off is that most of the people I deal with that have these opinions are graphic designers themselves.

    What a bunch of hypocrites! Talk about double standards.

    Don’t steal my designs or artwork, but it’s ok for me do steal from you because you’re a big corporation. Since I’ve decided you have enough money, it’s ok.

  9. The fallacy here is that the music industry exploits and rips the musicians of a lot more than than everyone.

    That being a sorry fact, that needs to be reckoned with, music should be purchased – Apple found the right formula and price point that worked. The record labels greedy pricing has been the source of pirating.

    Musicians need to be payed and supported.

    Pay The Man.

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