RIAA Under Fire For $750 Lawsuits Over .70 Cent Songs



A court is asking the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to justify charging those who are caught pirating music online $750 per song, when they only sell those songs online to retailers for $0.70 cents.

by Matthew Borghese

Judge Trager in Brooklyn Federal court says the RIAA, in the case UMG v. Lindor, must prove the songs are worth that much.

The recording industry fought against such a ruling, claiming the defendants, aka digital music pirates, couldn’t be responsible for setting the price of the songs.

However, the court found that the RIAA would indeed have to prove the basis for the cost of the song, since it was in fact being sold for $0.70 cents to retailers.


Good news for the people involve with the music piracy issue. This will force them to release true real world information, about the true costs of piracy. In the end they will be shown to be over inflating the cost or just down right lying to force DRM and new anti-customer practices, in addition to their tract record of price fixing etc.


That’s the whole problem with this RIAA ‘legal’ campaign: while some few think posting something against the RIAA is automatically ‘bashing,’ the facts speak for themselves. If the RIAA were doing this because real violations were committed, it would file lawsuits in accordance with legal codes; properly notify defendants, not try to hide information vital to the defense… and the list goes on. I don’t deny there are some few who knowingly break the law, and that the RIAA in those cases has a legitimate beef against those people, but they aren’t in the majority, but rather in the minority. The bottom line is the RIAA should be stopped wholesale where it does not follow legal procedure, and only be allowed to proceed where it complies. Since where it doesn’t comply is far greater than where it complies, easily 98% of the cases I’ve read about would have been thrown out, dismissed with prejudice.