Big Music’s Worst Move Yet [via e-mail from Lisa Langsdorf of Trylon Communications — !thanks!]
One has to admit: The RIAA sure is tenacious in pursuing its strategy. What it doesn’t seem to realize, though, is that it has already lost the war (see BW Online, 1/16/04, “Did Big Music Really Sink the Pirates?“). The recording industry’s hardball tactics have fueled a technological shift that’ll make it nearly impossible to pursue file swappers in the future.
How so? The culture of fear and loathing that the RIAA has created is starting to put encryption on the must-have list of every Joe and Jane Internet user. The results will be wide-ranging and will pose a threat to the movie industry, the software industry, and just about any other industry involved with the creation and sale of intellectual property.
[…] By ripping off the thin veil of anonymity and hitting hundreds of users for thousands of dollars per case in settlement costs, the RIAA has inspired the most tangible fear yet seen among Web users — something neither credit-card thieves, nor hackers, nor even the U.S. government has managed to inspire.
[…] In the end, large chunks of computing and the Internet will go behind a much stronger curtain of anonymity, and the pirates will remain untouchable underground — thanks to the RIAA’s misguided legal missiles.