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wWednesday, September 10, 2003

Well, it's been a little while since I've done anything but post snarky remarks to other people's well thought out ideas, but I've heard a lot about both the RIAA's actions against the 12 year old girl and the music amnesty thing they've got going. Both can be found on Salon, and my thoughts, as a whole, may be found on my journal. But while that's more musing on the improbability of the music industry scoring an ultimate, decisive victory, here I'm musing about the consequences of the following.

12-Girls Family Settles Lawsuit.

This, which shows the family settling for a mere 2,000 dollars as opposed to the 150,000+ lawsuit, is something you could look at, or you can take my word - doesn't change much. They took the amnesty, and had the parents and child read little flashcards out loud saying they did a bad, bad thing and will never do it again. What utter rubbish. I think that this is more to get the word out that filesharing is bad, and causes cancer, or something rather then what these people actually feel.
Of course, I'm not surprised people accept the amnesty, no matter how it may hurt actual court cases - the chance to settle such a rediculous lawsuit seems like a good deal - you only have to sell your soul. Seriously, though, it's a clever tactic, but in the end, the music industry won't be able to beat filesharers. It's part of the ethos of the net, and even if they take down every program, they can't take down every website that sports downloadable songs.

Maybe I'm wrong, but I doubt it. This is progress, of sorts, and progress always wins in the end.

posted by Weston at 8:49 AM

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