October 31, 2003

Here We Go Again [9:02 am]

Donna sent me the heads-up — CNet News: RIAA files 80 new file-swapping suits

It subsequently sent warning letters to 204 people early in October, saying they had been identified as likely targets of a new round of suits. On Thursday, the group said that 124 of those people decided to try to resolve the issue without going to court.

Note the RIAA is generally celebrating: RIAA Strikes Back At Music Pirates In 2003 — Slashdot commentary: RIAA Calls Settlements Proof that Education is Working

Slashdot includes this transcript of a recent (pending?) South Park episode, spoofing A Christmas Carol and the RIAA’s music downloading posture:

Re:South Park (Score:4, Funny)

by LordKronos (470910) on Friday October 31, @08:47AM (#7357128)

(http://www.ronfrazier.net/)

Here is the transcript:

http://www.spscriptorium.com/Season7/E709script.htm

Detective: This is the home of Lars Ulrich, the drummer for Metallica. [they approach a bush] Look. There’s Lars now, sitting by his pool. [he's seen sitting on the edge of a chaise longue, his face in his hands, softly sobbing]

Kyle: What’s the matter with him?

Detective: This month he was hoping to have a gold-plated shark tank bar installed right next to the pool, but thanks to people downloading his music for free, he must now wait a few months before he can afford it. [a close-up of Lars sobbing] Come. There’s more. [leads them away. Next seen is a small airport at night] Here’s Britney Spears’ private jet. Notice anything? [a shot of Britney boarding a plane, then stopping to look at it before entering] Britney used to have a Gulfstream IV. Now she’s had to sell it and get a Gulfstream III because people like you chose to download her music for free. [Britney gives a heavy sigh and goes inside.] The Gulfstream III doesn’t even have a remote control for its surround-sound DVD system. Still think downloading music for free is no big deal?

Kyle: We… didn’t realize what we were doing, eh…

Detective: That is the folly of man. Now look in this window. [they are at another mansion, and they look inside a picture window] Here you see the loving family of Master P. [He's shown tossing a basketball to his wife while his kid tries to catch it] Next week is his son’s birthday and, all he’s ever wanted was an island in French Polynesia. [his mom lowers the ball and gives it to the boy, who smiles, picks it up and drops it. It rolls away and he goes after it]

Kyle: So, he’s gonna get it, right?

Detective: I see an island without an owner. If things keep going the way they are, the child will not get his tropical paradise.

Stan: [apologetically] We’re sorry! We’ll, we’ll never download music for free again!

Detective: [somberly, dramatically] Man must learn to think of these horrible outcomes before he acts selfishly or else… I fear… recording artists will be forever doomed to a life of only semi-luxury.

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