Great news for all fans of illegal music downloading, the RIAA aren’t going to sue you anymore! The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has announced plans to stop filing lawsuits against those people who illegally download music. In a statement issued last Friday, a spokesperson said the RIAA will work with internet service providers to prevent music piracy, instead of trying to combat downloaders.
Now, I can see a number of problems with this plan. The first obviously is that illegal music downloading and ‘file sharing’ is going to dramatically increase without the threat of being sued for all your worldly possessions by someone who probably makes that amount in a week. How is ending lawsuits against illegal music downloaders going to tackle the slow decline of the music industry (in terms of sales).
Secondly I’m not sure how the RIAA are going to tackle piracy. It is – as now has been well established – impossible to stop music being uploaded onto the internet. As long as there are websites offering space on their server, it will undoubtedly be clogged up with countless mp3s uploaded by the general public. Similarly now that the RIAA have stopped tracking illegal downloaders then filesharing programs such as Limewire will be used rampantly by cheapskate music lovers or people who simply can’t be bothered to pay the 79p iTunes charge.
It is said though that internet service providers are tracking the illegal music being downloaded onto your computer this very second, and if they find out you havn’t been paying for your mp3s then you shall be sent a very angry letter. If you continue to download music illegally then your internet shall be turned off.
As such, you could theoretically download as much music for free as you wish until an angry letter comes and then start paying for it. Or you could continue even after the angry letter and wait for the connection to be cut off, and simply sign up with another ISP – although I’m sure there’ll be a massive database on you somewhere about the music you downloaded.
Congratulations RIAA for ridding the world of piracy, sort of.