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June 25, 2005

Don't Scapegoat Grokster For Music Industry

Forbes: I agree with most of this article, and I don't mean to split hairs but, "What's at stake is not the right of people to freely share and make copies of copyrighted content. That's already illegal, and recording companies have already sued nearly 12,000 people in the U.S., settling about one-fifth of those suits."  Whoaaa....Hold on a minute...Did I miss a ruling somewhere out there or does he know about a downloading infringement case that went through an actual trial?  Acquiescing via a quick $3,000 avg. settlement to the RIAA's well funded team of lawyers does not prove "guilt" in any way shape or form and what about all those people not targeted who downloaded 500 songs or less....Are they presumed innocent? Depending on what side of the fence you're on with this contentious issue - there are many who would argue that downloading music for personal use is VERY LEGAL...

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