RANT: Taking on the RIAA

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Nov 17, 7:22 AM EST
Law professor fires back at song-swapping lawsuits
By RODRIQUE NGOWI
Associated Press Writer

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Nesson argues that the Digital Theft Deterrence and Copyright Damages Improvement Act of 1999 is unconstitutional because it effectively lets a private group – the Recording Industry Association of America, or RIAA – carry out civil enforcement of a criminal law. He also says the music industry group abused the legal process by brandishing the prospects of lengthy and costly lawsuits in an effort to intimidate people into settling cases out of court.

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Like to see the RIAA get taken to the woodshed.

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