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.