RIAA Suing Kazaa UsersWatch
1) rumors: Someone I know said that Kazaa is suing random users up to $150,000 per song they download. "They need the money for lawyers for their cases!!!"
2) Im sure that they (gov./kazaa) want us to lay low for a while, I also heard that they are targeting the high users. The ones noted as "Supreme Beings" on kazaa
3) Recommendations: -Don't dl for a while
-Don't let other people upload
-follow posts and the news
-spread the word about the lawsuits,
there are still people that don't know
-Check into other dl sites, (ie: iMESH)
iMESH hasn't been targeted yet...
AIM = tyler91787
Am finding all of this a bit hard to believe. They probably are just trying to scare people. They should either make CDs cheaper or they should find some way of using music downloading to their advantage. I have no pity for record companies. They are absolutely rolling in it so why should a kid have to spend all their pocket money on a CD that dost ooh, 50p to make.
and the post right above mine... wtf THEY HAVE RIGHTS THROUGH COURTS!!
... even if cds were even 5 dollars... would you buy them? y would you when you can get them for free.... i think they would sell alot more cds yes but with the cut back in prices the extra bought cds would make up for the missed price. think of it this way... say a cd cost 15 dollars.. (i havent bought one in a while think they abotu 12 too) ok say its 15 dollars for a cd.. and they drop the price to.. say 10 7-8 bucks... so. 8 dollars for a cd.. when i cn burn one for prolyl abotu 50 cents.. hmmm.. yes save me the time.. but 8 dollars is money in my pocket.. (my opion) anyway,, if they droped prices that much... do you think sales would DOUBLE!!... hell no! even if they did double they would ONLY BREAK EVEN! they cant afford to drop prices... and even if they did i dont think they would get half as many ppl as they think they would to buy more cds
They could for example sell albums/individual tracks online for low cost e.g. £7/£2, encouraging people to use the service already available. As long as the music they provide is high quality and licenced (e.g. WMA copy-protection) they will improve sales for 2 reasons. One is, some people prefer to legally own a product than illegally get it. Secondly, people don't gain as much for copying and selling cds because high-quality copies can be legally obtained by download. Also licensing would allow them to include more things like music videos with the albums/tracks so consumers gain.
At the moment, as some people have already said, they're rolling in it, with expensive albums at low quality (due to all the copy protection). Music CDs haven't changed since they were first made, but technology has improved since. If they wish to charge >£10 for an album nowadays, I'd expect music videos, lyrics, digital 5.1 encoded audio as well as any other useful additions, perhaps in DVD format.
Of course they admitted no liability, nor did they admit to any wrongdoing. Just business.....................
1) Downloading music (even copyrighted music) is NOT illegal providing you erase and remove it within 24hrs of the download completing (if it is copyrighted)
2) The creators of Kazza should not be sued because their software allows files (of all kinds) to be shared. They are not responsible if some (naughty) users decide to share files that they should not.
3) The p2p software was not originally created to be used as illegal software, it was for use in data transfer on a WAN in general. Therefore it is wrong to accuse the creators of doing "illegal" things.
Who would give up a chance to download free music?
But yeah RIA doesn't really have a leg to stand on as far as music sharring goes, they will have to spend a lot more in investigating outside of court than they will get back in court!!!