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Sunday, June 21, 2009

And You Thought iTunes was Expensive…

RIAA Wins $1.92 M in File-Sharing Suit

Billboard online has reported that the recording industry secured a resounding victory yesterday when a Minnesota jury awarded the four major record labels $1.92 million in damages after unanimously finding that Jammie Thomas-Rasset had willfully infringed on their copyrights by downloading and sharing 24 songs on the Kazaa peer-to-peer network. It was determined that they were each worth the absolutely ridiculous amount of $80,000 for a total of $1.92 million.

Now I know it’s not my take on this unprecedented verdict you want to hear about. You would much rather see just what songs comprised her criminal undoing.
Here’s the offending playlist:

Universal Music Group

Vanessa Williams - "Save the Best For Last"
Sheryl Crow - "Run Baby Run"
Reba McEntire - "One Honest Heart"
Janet Jackson - "Let’s Wait Awhile"
Guns ‘n Roses - "Welcome to the Jungle"
Guns ‘n Roses - "November Rain"
Def Leppard - "Pour Some Sugar on Me"
Bryan Adams - "Somebody"
Aerosmith – "Cryin’"

Warner Bros Records

Linkin Park - "One Step Closer"
Green Day - "Basket Case"
Goo Goo Dolls - "Iris"

Interscope Records

No Doubt - "Hella Good"
No Doubt - "Different People"
No Doubt - "Bathwater"

Arista Records

Sarah McLachlan - "Building a Mystery"
Sarah McLachlan - "Possession"

Sony BMG Music Entertainment

Gloria Estefan - "Rhythm is Gonna Get You"
Gloria Estefan -"Here and We Are"
Gloria Estefan - "Coming Out of the Dark"
Journey - "Faithfully"
Journey - "Don’t Stop Believin’"
Destiny’s Child - "Bills, Bills, Bills"

Capitol Records

Richard Marx - "Now and For Ever"

My opinion you ask? Pretty simple. If you’re still listening to Richard Marx in this century no penalty can make up for that crime.


Marilyn Roxie said...

Of course the sum is insanely unfair (especially considering that similar cases, from what I heard, settled for a few thousand- still silly, too), but now that I see the tracks this was about...these are all mainstream/major-label artists, and I'll withhold my remarks about how I feel about the music :P This is the first article I read that included the actual tracks...The RIAA might be trying to 'send a message' to people who upload stuff, or possibly be trying to recoup some of what they feel they've 'lost' overall (as if there's any way they'd get all of that money), but the whole thing is really just ridiculous.

P2P should be on the way out, I think- it's all about blogs nowadays anyway, and the most the RIAA's lackeys/Web Sheriff does is just asks someone to take down the upload.

Allison said...

Utter rubbish. Both the news, and the tracks.

I never used file sharing programs, I use blogs. I'm surprised Google hasn't been made a target yet.

Anyway, Happy Father's Day!! :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

There are far better ways of telling someone that they have crappy taste in music than charging them fines they are never going to be able to pay. Salt mines come to mind.

Sean Wraight said...

Marilyn - I completely agree P2P is on the way out. Blogs are indeed the way to go. Of course by the time the major labels realize this potential it will be too late. Always ten steps behind-instead we get stuff like this.

Solutions that seem so obvious and they miss the point entirely.

Allison - I am sure they have aimed their sites at Google but don't really know where to start. It's akin to the law of the jungle I suppose. Go for the quick and easy target. Not a fan of P2P myself. I am still an old school CD/ vinyl person.

Barbara - Please oh please don't give them any ideas. I can just see that boardroom meeting now... Record executives mulling salt mines and waterboarding. Who knew that P2P would exhume McCarthy so completely.


Sean Wraight said...

Allison - And thank you for the Father's Day wish. :) It was a nice day all in all.