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Ok, work with me people. Let’s try this on for size. ‘A’ owns a car and ‘B’ pays insurance that allows ‘A’ to drive on the road. ‘A’ gets a speeding ticket but ‘B’ has to pay because he provided ‘A’ with access to the road. Does that make any sense? Or, how about ‘C’ who put gas into the car so that ‘A’ could drive it. Should ‘C’ be fined? We all know the answer to this - the car owner is responsible.

So let’s look at another example. ‘A’ owns a computer and lets ‘B’ use it if he (or she) agrees to pay for Internet Access (let’s call him the ‘internet provider’). ‘A’ is downloading music and the RIAA sues ‘B’. Is that reasonable? The point I am trying to make should be obvious. The RIAA has no way of knowing who is actually downloading which makes their law suits completely absurd. The RIAA has initiated law suits knowing full well it may have targeted the wrong person. That is the digital equivalent of throwing darts blindfolded with malicious intent and without regard for damage that it incurs.

So does this mean every computer owner (or internet provider) should have to lock away the computer when they are not using it? And how is that going to work in a large family like mine where several people share the same computer. Is that the world you want to live in? Perhaps in the near future we will be forced to buy computers with digital retina scanners just so the RIAA will know who to sue. If that is the case they had better give huge discounts on their music so we can afford to buy more computers.

Here is another example. Somebody is wrongfully charged with … let’s say murder and was coerced into confessing. Afterwards they realize they charged the wrong person so they say oops, sorry but at least it sent the message that murder is bad and we are serious about it. Huh?

When you are suing somebody you had better be darn well sure you have the right person, otherwise the innocent party has the right to counter sue and seek costs as well. The RIAA knows the little people it is suing don’t have the resources to fight back and it is banking on that. It is blatantly abusing the legal process to intimidate ordinary people and get cheap publicity.

And in my view that stinks!!!

Written October 19th, 2003 by | Filed under: Miscellaneous Blog Tips

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The Real World

Ok, work with me people. Let’s try this on for size. ‘A’ owns a car and ‘B’ pays insurance that allows ‘A’ to drive on the road. ‘A’ gets a speeding ticket but ‘B’ has to pay because he provided ‘A’ with access to the road. Does that make any sense? Or, how about ‘C’ who put gas into the car so that ‘A’ could drive it. Should ‘C’ be fined? We all know the answer to this - the car owner is responsible.

So let’s look at another example. ‘A’ owns a computer and lets ‘B’ use it if he (or she) agrees to pay for Internet Access (let’s call him the ‘internet provider’). ‘A’ is downloading music and the RIAA sues ‘B’. Is that reasonable? The point I am trying to make should be obvious. The RIAA has no way of knowing who is actually downloading which makes their law suits completely absurd. The RIAA has initiated law suits knowing full well it may have targeted the wrong person. That is the digital equivalent of throwing darts blindfolded with malicious intent and without regard for damage that it incurs.

So does this mean every computer owner (or internet provider) should have to lock away the computer when they are not using it? And how is that going to work in a large family like mine where several people share the same computer. Is that the world you want to live in? Perhaps in the near future we will be forced to buy computers with digital retina scanners just so the RIAA will know who to sue. If that is the case they had better give huge discounts on their music so we can afford to buy more computers.

Here is another example. Somebody is wrongfully charged with … let’s say murder and was coerced into confessing. Afterwards they realize they charged the wrong person so they say oops, sorry but at least it sent the message that murder is bad and we are serious about it. Huh?

When you are suing somebody you had better be darn well sure you have the right person, otherwise the innocent party has the right to counter sue and seek costs as well. The RIAA knows the little people it is suing don’t have the resources to fight back and it is banking on that. It is blatantly abusing the legal process to intimidate ordinary people and get cheap publicity.

And in my view that stinks!!!

Written October 19th, 2003 by | Filed under: Miscellaneous Blog Tips

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