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Legal We always try to avoid politics like the plague here on OSNews, but sometimes, it's hard to avoid it. Take the case of Joel Tenenbaum, who could be liable for over 1 million USD if the Recording Industry Association of America gets its way. While many hoped for a change of pace when it comes to these matters, Barack Obama's Department of Justice has squarely sided with the RIAA.
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They'd love to kill free speech
by danieldk on Tue 24th Mar 2009 16:45 UTC
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Not only their efforts to change law are dangerous, so is their 'public education'. In The Netherlands BREIN tries to create the image in Dutch media that all downloading or copying is illegal. The guy running this gig (Tim Kuik) has stated in a major Dutch newspaper that downloading something freely is always theft [1]. These people try to hide rights such as the Dutch 'thuiskopie' (private copying, through paying a levy on media), nor do they mention that a wealth of free music (including NiN's recent efforts) and software is available.

Their efforts to become a institutionalized police force should be stopped, and we should stop attempts to restrict free speech to protect a dying industry.

By the way, this comes from someone who has bought 99.5% of every album he owns. But my distaste for the practices of this industry and how they treat their (potential) customers, music lovers, has grown so much, that I am not buying (with a few exceptions) albums from RIAA labels anymore.

There's CDBaby, and there are a lot of small labels like Dischord that have decent prices and give decent pays to their bands. For RIAA music there is a healthy second hand market.

[1] http://webwereld.nl/article/view/id/54389 (Dutch)

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