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Tuesday, July 01, 2003

When they came ...

When the RIAA first came for the updloaders/downloaders of pop music, I didn't object because I wasn't interested one bit in that music.

Then the RIAA came for the uploaders/downloaders of c ountry music, I didn't object because I wasn't interested one bit in that music.

Then they came for the college students who were sharing files, and I didn't object because I wasn't a college student who was sharing files.

Then they came for the little webcasters whose voices began to complain about the RIAA's harsh tactics and I didn't object because I wasn't a webcaster who'd been a victim of the harsh tactics of the RIAA.

Then they came for me -- there was nobody left to object.

The recording industry announced plans to sue individuals who download music to stop music loving netizens. But, the use of file-sharing services will continue. The RIAA are making enemies and it's thier choice to do so. Consumer backlash will occur if the RIAA sues any netizen. The plan will probably result in a serious public relations fiasco.

Fans will continue to swap songs. The fact is that copyright law currently is broken, making criminals out of music fans and technologists. Any attack upon netizens by the RIAA will just expose this and push the netizens to create a file-sharing technology that keeps the individual netizens anonymous. Anonymous Peer-to-peer File Sharing (APFS) protocols will mature if the RIAA chooses to continue down this path.

some links ... The Problem With Music http://www.negativland.com/albini.html Boycott-RIAA http://www.boycott-riaa.com/ Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) http://www.eff.org/share/

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