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A Second Wave of Mutilation

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Because of the DMCA, the RIAA can literally extort money from “customers” beyond the supervision of the law – it kind of reminds me of the good old days of sharecropping and the company store.

Remember what Tennessee Ernie Ford sang?

“Load sixteen tons and what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
St. Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store.”

They’re at it again:

    The Recording Industry Association of America has begun preparing a second round of file-swapping lawsuits, notifying 204 individuals that they are in line to be sued for copyright infringement.

    Unlike with the previous wave of suits, the record labels’ trade association is giving the lawsuit targets warning this time around, offering them a chance to settle before the suits are filed. The change in tactics comes after considerable criticism from federal lawmakers and others concerning the group’s first batch of court actions against 261 individuals last month.

    “We take the concerns expressed by policy makers and others very seriously,” RIAA President Cary Sherman said in a statement. “In light of the comments we have heard, we want to go the extra mile and offer illegal file sharers an additional chance to work this out short of legal action.”

    The advance notification preceding this second wave of suits marks only a small concession to critics of the RIAA actions, which have been the most controversial tactics taken by copyright holders in years of fighting piracy online. [CNET]

What is this settlement offer other than extortion, knowing that most people don’t have the unlimited funds to pay for a legal defense against these claims? I am sickened.

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Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted, Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.
  • BB

    Eric, if we lose our sense of humor what will become of us?

    “Humor is the mask of wisdom” – Friedrich Dürrenmatt

    “Humor is also a way of saying something serious” – T. S. Eliot

    “Total absence of humor renders life impossible” – Colette

    “Humor is a rubber sword – it allows you to make a point without drawing blood” – Mary Hirsch

    “Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place” – Mark Twain

    “Humor teaches them tolerance” – W. Somerset Maugham

    “Imagination was given man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is” – Unknown

    Need I say any more?

  • Eric Olsen

    BB, I was trying to find a way to link tis to your search for absurdity, but the reality is so dispiritingly absurd. It takes the fun out of it.

  • BB

    I’m with you Eric. In legal terms it’s called ‘abuse of process’. It’s all about intimidation and it is despicable.