Thanks guys, way to make me look like an asshole. In spite of my brash claims
this week that Radiohead
’s all-Internet marketing strategy would instantly end the music downloading controversy, a woman in Minnesota was ordered yesterday
by a federal jury to pay $222,000 in damages for downloading copyrighted songs. How many songs? 24.
Yes, two dozen songs. That’s two albums (or five Pink Floyd albums). That comes to $9,250 dollars a song. There’s only one song worth that much cash: “All Night Long” by Lionel Ritchie.
So now this poor woman’s going to have to pay out the ass for whatever shitty
Guns and Roses album
she downloaded, and I think it’s a damn shame. And just so you know, record companies, action like this doesn’t help you in the least. Two hundred grand’s not going to cover the massive losses you’re taking while you drag your feet on your way to the 21st century, and in the meantime, you’re not helping your image much.
When a bunch of sexually harassed women band together to fight the sexist mining establishment, that’s a class-action lawsuit (and a fine film
). But when Capitol Records, Sony, Arista Records, Interscope Records, UMG Records and Warner Brothers sue a single mother, that’s gang-raping your consumer.
And the RIAA must think that rape is okay as long as you just put the tip in, because they’ve recently begun sending hundreds of “