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RIAA Sues Dead Lady, While Sony Sells Content Sharing System
Written by Gizmo   
Tuesday, 25 April 2006 08:40

A little over a year ago, the RIAA filed a lawsuit against a lady alleging copyright infringement of over 700 titles by serving them over P2P networks.  There was just one problem.

She was dead.

So, the RIAA allowed that they might have made a mistake, and went on to sue hundreds of other people, many of whom apparently were guilty, some of whom were not.  All in an effort to ensure that people get the message that sharing music is illegal.  We've had the same kind of thing going on in the realm of video, and the new standards coming out are going to attempt to prevent us from being able to make copies of our favorite DVDs by using new copy protection measures.

Ok, I get this.  The content providers don't want us going to Block Buster, renting a movie, making 25,000 copies for our friends, and sending it over the Internet to millions of other people for free.  I get that, and I don't have a problem with it, per se.  After all, there is a lot of hard work that went into producing that stuff, and the people who did all that work deserve to be fairly compensated for it.

Where I get really confused, though, is when an outfit like Sony creates a viral content protection system (supposedly to prevent copyright abuses) and then turns around and sells items that not only allow, but could be argued to actually ENCOURAGE such abuses (Here, and here)!

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