With the internet people can fight back against being ripped off and we do! There will be casualties unfortunately but not a cat in hells chance of stopping it now unless prices take a real nosedive. Downloading is in it's infancy,wait til next year when everyones on 2-4 meg connections running masking software then they will have a real problem but by them their real core customers who buy cd's will be sick of the protection stopping it playing on their car or home cd players and download it instead. They have taken the obvious (and very lame) path of saying downloading is costing profits,it's not downloaders wouldn't buy them so no lost sales. I hope one of those sued has the balls to see this to court and ask"how can you be asking me for thousands for a song I can buy for 99cents?" Sure I downloaded so I'll pay $1.98! I bet the RIAA does settle out of court going to court could be very risky for them,sure copyright has been broken(and price fixing as well though!) but to ask thousands per song is ajoke.This shows the money the RIAA has,I'd be very suprised if a case see's court the RIAA will settle for out of court anyday as in court legal challenges can be made. They have the cash to fund such lawsuits and to settle it's a bully boy tactic,unfortunately fo them it won't work but if they can't see that well all the better. PRICE is the only way to win this war but greed stands intheir way. Cd sales are not affected by online downloads of legal music if they thought that it would happen. Downloading legal music simply means they make a killing from songs they'd written off. You pay for your connection ,you use your own media(if they can be burnt to media) you time etc all this counts for nothing. Quote"wether the price and quality is a whole different agruement" thats the point not a different arguement at all.People download because they are sick of being ripped off. By the time the RIAA see's sense half their memebrs will be in serious problems and "cry wolf" will be heard when they really are knackered. Serves them right,charge a fair price for a cd or downloaded track they'd get somewhere,sue any tom,dick or harry and more people will download. It's a numbers game but the numbers in this case ain't working in the RIAA's favour thankfully. They think it scares people,have a look at the latest figures,downloading is on it's way up and will always do so as long as people get ripped off.