Friday, September 26, 2003

Music Wars SCene 22:
In which the rebels' enabler turns the tables on the RIAA saying: Isn't it Ironic?
The maker of the popular Kazaa peer-to-peer software has turned the tables on the Recording Industry Association of America (news - web sites) and a number of entertainment companies by suing them for copyright infringement.

The RIAA has used the same kind of "ironic" tactics, given that, earlier this month, the trade association sued 261 alleged music uploaders for copyright infringement, Morris says. "It's ironic that somebody who's suing 12-year-old girls for copyright infringement themselves blatantly disregard copyright laws," he says. "Who's being more ironic?"

Morris accuses Media Defender of using Kazaa Lite "in front of our lawyers" to demonstrate the dangers of peer-to-peer software during a congressional hearing. "He is using a hacked version of our code," Morris says. "That's a straightforward Digital Millennium Copyright Act (news - web sites) violation."

The DMCA prohibits people from reverse-engineering computer code for the purposes of cracking copyright protection technology.
Now this is getting a bit silly. Although Sharman does have a point but, the RIAA can simply use another tool to track IP's of the rebels. On the Irony scale Sharman wins, hands down, the RIAA should not be using Kazaa software or any other Kazaa clone to track users. Even though their app is used to illegally share music, there is a legitimate use for file sharing, and violating copyrights and/or violating license agreements is what the RIAA is so upset about.

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