RIAA Sues for Billions

By Deane Barker on April 6, 2003

Wired News: RIAA Hits Students Where It Hurts: The RIAA is suing four college students for billions. The four operated larger-than-normal P2P networks through their college networks, one of them offering 1 million files. The RIAA wants $150,000 for each file.

“‘This round of suits is intended to send a message to other students who are engaging in this type of behavior,’ said Matt Oppenheim, senior vice president of business and legal affairs at the RIAA. ‘There will be no one free pass. … You cannot expect to infringe until you get a cease-and-desist letter and then stop and assume that life will go on. Stealing is stealing, and people shouldn’t do it in the first instance.’”

He’s got a point in that a lot of stuff happens on the Net with the attitude of “We’ll stop the second a lawyer calls.”