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RIAA in the news

September 29, 2004

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) does not have a good reputation among many Americans these days. Both the RIAA and MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America), in their quest to stamp out digital piracy, have taken extreme measures in order to protect their intellectual property, and, perhaps more so, their old distribution method for their movies and music. Many argue that their tough guy measures are both dangerous and ineffective in achieving their goals. And if news articles are any measure of the public opinion and polocies of both groups, then one wonders exactly who in these organizations believes that recording a movie in a movie theater with a camcorder deserves punishment of three years in prison. A search for RIAA and MPAA brought these results from Google news:

RIAA hunts for Leader of the Pack
Iowa State Student Sued For File Sharing
RIAA Moves Against Consumers Again
RIAA After Consumers Again
RIAA forced technology weed to choke it
P-to-P partner charges RIAA with patent infringement
Kazaa colleague sues RIAA
Interview With a Victim of the RIAA
House Bill Makes Camcording Films a Felony
Overzealous MPAA mistakenly targets Linux Australia