Wednesday, 10 September 2003
Jerry Del Colliano
years the RIAA has been playing the bad cop in the good cop-bad cop
relationship it has with the music industry but yesterday the RIAA
transformed itself into Dirty Harry by suing 261 active file swappers.
Reportedly the people sued are file swappers with over 1000 copywritten
songs in their shared folder which allows others to download the songs
without paying for them. This aggressive move by the RIAA comes the
same day that Apple announced its 10,000,000th pay-download from its
outrageously successful iTunes store-software which was launched a mere
four months ago.
Up until just recently, there have been
no viable consumer pay-per-download sites which drove consumers who
were looking to acquire music online to sites like Napster and other
peer-to-peer networks such as Gnutella. Now with a reborn legitimate
Napster (owned by Roxio), a successful iTunes from Apple and a
promising BuyMusic.com all on the market, consumers now have a legal
and effective ...