Because no matter how you get it, ‘legally’ or not, the RIAA will get you.
The jury in the Jammie Thomas trial found her guilty and rendered a humongous $222,000 judgment against her. This after the ridiculous statements made for the plaintiffs by Sony’s Legal Attack Dog yesterday. And despite the fact that, as Ars Technica points out, the defendant ”spent thousands of dollars on their product.” Meaning that she legally purchased hundreds of CD’s from RIAA artists; so many that they narrowed the songs at issue in the case down to 24. Twenty-four! The award comes to over $9,000 per song. The RIAA was seeking $150,000 per song.
What does this mean? Well, for one thing it means that you don’t own the music you buy. You think I’m reaching? Not so. I’m simply rephrasing one of the many preposterous statements Sony Legal Hack Jennifer Pariser made during the trial:
“When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song.” Making ‘a copy’ of a purchased song is just “a nice way of saying ‘steals just one copy’,”
And now there’s legal precedent for it.
If you ever wondered whether our legal system works, here’s your sign.
I’ve had enough bad news, I’m going to bed.