Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Rights and Reason: Music Industry Wins Approval of Subpoenas

Ted Bridis of the AP reports on the Recording Industry Association of America's efforts to defend against online music piracy.

The music industry has issued at least 871 federal subpoenas against computer users this month suspected of illegally sharing music files on the Internet, with roughly 75 new subpoenas being approved each day, U.S. court officials said Friday.

The effort represents early steps in the music industry's contentious plan to file civil lawsuits aimed at crippling online piracy.
I've heard some people argue that the RIAA's efforts are heavy handed. I don't think so. Part of preserving a property right is the willingness to protect that right from encroachment. The threat against RIAA's members is real. It's high time those who steal be held accountable for their actions.

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