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Privacy advocates and foes of the Recording Industry Association of America's campaign to subpoena the names of file-sharing computer users from universities and service providers have won a small battle in the war over online music trading. A U.S. District Court has invalidated the RIAA's subpoenas to two Massachusetts universities. The court upheld arguments by MIT and Boston College that subpoenas requesting information about university students may not be obtained in Washington, D.C., where the RIAA filed the rest of the estimated 1,000-plus subpoenas it has used to seek out illegal file sharers.
So why don't we all find a good team of lawyers and mount a class-action suit on behalf of music listeners everywhere?
The case would be that we have all purchased music in various forms (LP, cassette and eight-track tape, CDs) which either wore out, got eaten by faulty tape drives, were lost, etc. We purchased the music in good faith. But we are all (well, many of us) now being penalized by the RIAA Nazis for rightfully obtaining what belonged to us in the first place.
Proceeds (which should be in the billions of dollars) could go towards setting up an organization which genuinely represents musicians and not the rip-off artists who have been stealing music rights from their creators since the days on Tin Pan Alley.
You're on to something.
But remember that there are only 12 notes, and unless there is actual plagiarism, everyone's entitled to proper compensation.