Originally Posted by HarryT
I must respectfully disagree. The purpose of the RIAA is not to "be nice" to people, but to punish criminals. Do you think that someone's crimes "don't matter" simply because they are 14 years old, or a senior citizen? I think that, admitedly in a small number of cases, they've taken very effective action. I'm sure that Ms. Thomas will think twice before "sharing" files on the internet again!
Please allow me to clarify my position, by the way. Individual downloaders are "small fry" - they are not worth. It's the uploaders who need to be taken down, and they are the ones whom the RIAA goes after.
Sure, they make the occasional mistake, but I'm a big fan of the RIAA, overall. Knowing that you're liable to lose your house if you share files illegally is surely going to make people think twice about doing it, don't you think?
When the RIAA makes a mistake, they can ruin lives. The RIAA uses strong arm tactics and they go in and go after people without proof. They don't go with due process. They just assume you are guilty without enough evidence. Would you like to be accused of stealing music, have your ISP drop you, have to go to court with your rights tampered with by the RIAA when you are innocent. When they make a mistake, it's a big one.