Friday, December 19, 2008

A small step in the right direction

This from the Wall St. Journal today: the RIAA is going to stop suing file sharers. Well, at least they'll be doing less of it and trying other things first.

I think that this is a sign that the RIAA is finally starting to realize that while they may be morally and legally justified in suing people who swap music files, there is a huge difference between what is justifiable and what is sensible.

I'm still not super happy with this because the RIAA is still using ISPs as their enforcement mechanism, but at least it is a lot less heavy handed and it seems to have an actual process around it, and one that protects privacy at least somewhat.

A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.

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