RIAA collects fines, doesn't pay artists

September 22, 2003


This is an interesting passage from theInquirer.net:

"The notion of copyright infringement as theft was clearly addressed in the 1985 Supreme Court decision of Dowling v. United States. While this case involved hard goods (phonograph records), Justice Harry Blackmun was most certainly speaking of abstract property (copyrights) when he wrote these words in his majority decision overturning Dowling's conviction of interstate transport of stolen property: '(copyright infringement) does not easily equate with theft, conversion, or fraud... The infringer invades a statutorily defined province guaranteed to the copyright holder alone. But he does not
assume physical control over copyright; nor does he wholly deprive its owner of its use.'"

This is the article:
RIAA collects fines, doesn't pay artists

This is hilarious: User Friendly Amnesty Form

And also this: Accounting for 12-year old Brianna LaHara's Settlement by the RIAA.