$5 per Month is the New De Facto Fine for the RIAA
Yahoo forces RIAA staff cutbacks – Blog Maverick – www.blogmaverick.com _ Mark Cuban is arguing over at Blog Maverick that with the introduction of Yahoo!’s new $5 per month music service that this needs to become the new de facto “damages” that the RIAA ought to be able to claim when suing kids.
After all, when the kids could have paid for the music via Yahoo! for $5 a month it makes it hard to say the music loss is worth more than that.
“The RIAA can no longer claim that students who are downloading music are costing them thousands of dollars each. They cant claim much of anything actually. In essence, Yahoo just turned possession of a controlled music substance into a misdemeanor. Payable by a $5 per month fine.”
This is quite a bit less than the RIAA would suggest who ridiculously continue to remind people that the penalty for downloading music can be a maximum of $150,000 per song. Whoever made this law by the way should be taken out back and tarred and feathered. Nobody spends $150,000 in their lifetime let alone per song.
I also particularly liked the part where Cuban calls Orrin Hatch a back pocket politician and wonders now, “what will he get on his knees for in order to get money from the music industry?
I still say Mark Cuban for president on the Cuban/Kahle ticket. Who better in the White House than an outspoken Texan who hates politics and the RIAA and loves HDTV?