RIAA Keeps on a Suing File Traders

By Jon Newton 10/01/05

The Warner Music Group (US), EMI (Britain), Universal Music (France) and Sony BMG (Japan, Germany) record label cartel has sued another 757 American men, women and children under its bitter and entirely fruitless sue ‘em all product sales project.

This brings the total number of people singled out to 14,800. However, of these, only about 3,400 people have actually done a deal with one of the entertainment cartel blackmail centres set up to act as shills.

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Among the new victims is a Princeton student, says The Daily Princetonian pointing out that 30 of the university's students have now been subpoenaed by the RIAA.

Columbia, Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Pennsylvania, Boston University, Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley, were among 17 other universities which also received subpoenas.

The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) are now virtual joint-venture partners in a concentrated and carefully orchestrated multi-billion-dollar international campaign meant to terrorize people into buying product made by their owners.

Both pseudo-police organizations recently joined the Internet2 network, claiming they want to, “study advanced content distribution technologies”.

The labels claim the subpoenas, none of which has actually culminated in a court case, are significantly impacting file sharing which is, they say, "devastating" them.

However, the opposite is true.

Far from being deterred from using the p2p networks, more and more people are logging on every day.

Statistics gathered by p2p research firm Big Champagne (left) show the average number of people simultaneously logged onto the p2p networks around the world at any given time between August, 2003, and August, 2005.

In 2003 in the US, the focus of the disingenuous RIAA hype, 2,630,960 people were logged on at any moment, in 2004 the figure was 4,549,801, and in August 2005, it was 6,871,308.

The figures effectively give the lie to the Big Four record label cartel claim that its sue 'em all campaign is having a significant effect. Meanwhile, a swelling wave of protest is becoming manifest as more and more people join the We're Not Taking Any More club.


Jon Newton is the editor of p2pnet.net and is a regular contributer to MP3 Newswire. Jon's site is devoted to the politics of digital music and his insights as well as those of his co-writers can be read there. We urge you to explore it.


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