The recording industry filed 80 more federal lawsuits around the country Thursday against people using file sharing programs. Here’s a wire service article about the lawsuits. The RIAA sent out warning letters to 204 people before filing suit, seeking to avoid suing any more PR fiascos resulting from suing 12-year-olds and grandfathers.
The article quotes Cary Sherman, President of the RIAA: “The fact that the overwhelming majority of those who received the notification letter contacted us and were eager to resolve the claims is another clear signal that the music community’s education and enforcement campaign is getting the message out.”
If you got a letter from the RIAA threatening to sue you, would you settle with them because “the music community’s education and enforcement campaign is getting the message out”? Or would you settle with them because the RIAA is a monopolistic bully that can afford to pay lawyers to destroy your life, regardless of the legality of their position?