Joel Tenenbaum, RIAA’s Public Enemy No. 1 Congratulations, RIAA, for prevailing in a court case that will do nothing to stop piracy and continue to turn the public against you. The Supreme Court refused earlier this month to hear the case of Joel Tenenbaum, a former Boston University student with a PhD in statistics, who was ordered to pay $675,000 for the crime of downloading 30 songs. If you end up bankrupting him, you’ll get lots of publicity, but not the kind you’re looking for. I suggest you check with your members’ kids and see how many songs they and their classmates download. Wouldn’t that be a great lawsuit? Suing the kids who illegally download music is as stupid as suing the people who download content on Androids because Google “stole” Apple’s patents. Apple isn’t stupid. It’s suing Google, not its own customers. You can argue that Apple, too, is shooting itself in the foot and simply inviting scores of counter-suits, but at least its not hurting its own customer base. So if you have to sue someone, sue the guys who profit by selling your songs illegally, the companies that maintain massive caches of “pirated” songs, the Internet companies that allow consumers to freely pass songs back and forth, even colleges like Boston University that allowed Tenenbaum and thousands of other students to store and sends songs on their high-speed networks. That won’t make much of a dent in the piracy problem, either. But beating up a penniless graduate student? C’mon, do you beat up your own kids? The solution is the same as its been for over 10 years, if you’d just open your eyes. Give people access to anything, anywhere, anytime for a fixed monthly cost (See: cable networks, massive profits of). Give away free or reduced-price concert tickets, access to rock stars, whatever, to keep your fan base engaged. Continue to sell songs to people who want to own. Support free advertising-supported services like Spotify. You can probably think of dozens more ideas. Get creative. Isn’t that what they pay you the big bucks for? You’ll end up with massively better profits than you did before those pesky MP3s showed up. Or you can continue to go after consumers and win the law suits. In which case congratulations soon won’t be in order for you and your member companies. Think eulogies. By Michael Stroud May 31, 2012 at 7:29 pm
MAY 18, 2011 · Optical disc replicators in California would be required to keep detailed records of job orders and equipment purchases or face stiff criminal fines, under new anti-piracy legislation now making its way through the state’s Senate. The legislation, introduced earlier this year by California State Sen. Alex Padilla, aims to strengthen an existing state law that requires replicators to include source identification information on every disc they manufacture. In addition to specifying new documentation requirements and raising fines for violations, the proposed amendments authorize law enforcement to conduct warrantless compliance inspections of the state’s replication facilities.