Chalk One Up for the Good Guys: The State of Oregon Defends Students Accused of Pirating
Music gets stolen on college campuses. College students are also poor. And Americans will stop at nothing to pay nothing. Music can easily be obtained through theft. Music pirating happens. Whatever your stance is on pirating music, one thing is unquestionably up: the RIAA is up to no good.
To bring you up to speed, very few people have been sued by the RIAA. Rather the RIAA just bullies people into settling out of court for 1/100th of the amount the RIAA claims that a specific pirate “owes” them. The RIAA banks on citizens freaking out and agreeing to pay a few thousand dollars, without the due process of the court.
Until now. The Oregon attorney general is now pursuing the RIAA:
“In the Fight Over Piracy, a Rare Stand for Privacy” [New York Times]