RIAA Pushes New Act Of Gluttony Through Congress
RIAA lawyers were proud when they managed to push the statutory damages $150,000 an album; well, they intend to be ten times happier if they can get the Congress to turn the PRO-IP Act into law.
January 30, 2008
As it follows, those caught red-mp3-handed sharing compilations will have the opportunity to pay around $1.5 million, as every song will be considered as an entire album.
There has been some talk about this initiative back in mid-December, with Google's William Patry tagging the bill as the most "outrageously gluttonous IP bill ever introduced in the US."
The new bill would certainly bring up once again the Jammie Thomas case, where the defendant was convicted to pay to RIAA the sum of $222,000 for sharing 24 songs over Kazaa. If $9000 for each shared song was considered to be alright, why shouldn't RIAA push even further? Hopefully, there will be someone in the Congress to push the bill back or just move it along until a proper trash can is at hand.