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    RIAA claims music on car radios meant only for original vehicle owner

    Moderator Wildchild has discovered a news story about the RIAA doing more insane things. You will really be baffled by this one. I hope the corpses can find some good lawyers.

    "The Recording Industry Association of America announced today it would be expanding its crackdown on copyright infringement by suing family members, hitchhikers and carpoolers.
    Lawyers for the RIAA maintain that the radio in each car was never meant to be listened to by anyone else except the original owner of the vehicle.

    Therefore, any additional passengers who listen to music on the radio in another individual's car are doing so illegally and without the express permission of the copyright holders of the respective songs that are broadcast.

    RIAA attorneys were preparing to go to Federal District courts across the country to have subpoenas issued to every car maker in America in the hopes of forcing them to disclose the names and addresses of all purchasers from the last 20 years.

    "We think this is a no brainer," said an RIAA spokesperson who declined to be identified. "These drivers have been illegally sharing music on their radios and their passengers have been getting a free ride for way too long," he continued.

    Legal representatives for the RIAA also warned that they would especially be targeting the "big fish" like charter bus drivers and RV owners who blatantly turn up the radio volume allowing others to hear.

    In addition, RIAA lawyers said they were hoping to get a court order to exhume the bodies of Scottish physicist James Clerk-Maxwell, who developed the theory of electromagnetic waves and Guglielmo Marconi, who discovered and harnessed wireless radio in order to sue both corpses for unfair business practices."

    This article is satire.

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    DriverHeaven / Warp2Search / Radio.about.com

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    :rofl: :laugh:
    oh if only it were true...
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    :rofl:
    The scary part is that it isnt that unbelievable :( Funny article though :cheers:

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    Where will this madness stop? : omg:

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    Canada cracks down

    The Canadian music industry is taking a page from the RIAA and going after the song swappers. This ought to be interesting, considering the crapload of taxes Canadians already pay on MP3 devices and recordable media.

    The Canadian music industry is going to court to seek the identities of 29 online file swappers, in preparation to filing lawsuits similar to those that have targeted hundreds of U.S. computer users. The Canadian Recording Industry Association said on Friday that it had filed court requests earlier this week that seek identifying information for subscribers at five Canadian Internet service providers.

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    ohh great.. guess I'ma do some time now.. :(

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    "Filesharing" mum charges recording industry with racketeering
    Counterclaim alleges scare tactics and extortion


    A filesharer's mum targeted by the RIAA in one of its "anti-piracy" campaigns, is seeking to turn the tables on the recording industry by launching a counter lawsuit charging Sony and the like with racketeering.
    The woman, Michele Scimeca from New Jersey, claims record labels are using "scare tactics" that "amount to extortion". She was accused by the RIAA of sharing 1,400 copyrighted songs over the Internet on an account in her name but used by her 13-year-old daughter. Her details were handed to the RIAA by her ISP, Cablevision.

    Scimeca seeks unspecified damages from Sony Music Entertainment Inc., UMG Recordings Inc. and Motown Record Co. Her lawyer, Bart Lombardo, told reporters: "They're banding together to extort money, telling people they're guilty and they will have to pay big bucks to defend their cases if they don't pony up now. It is fundamentally not fair."

    The lawyer and the mum are attempting to use legislation under the 1970 Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) to bring the record lables to heel.

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    Finally, someone fights back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The__tweaker
    ohh great.. guess I'ma do some time now.. :(
    The penalty for copyright infringement offenses must be quite different in Canada than they are in the USA?
    Monetary compensation would be the punishment here.
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    Lol, I actually thought it was true at first, that's sad...
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