RIAA sues person with song in his head

RIAA sues family that doesn’t own a PC:

A Rockmart family is being sued for illegal music file sharing, despite the fact that they don’t even own a computer.

Via Boing Boing, where Cory Doctorow says:

…this is probably more profitable in the long run than suing people who do share music, since those people are statistically more likely to spend money on CDs.

It’s the latest in a long line of music industry stupidity in the face of modern technology (or not, as the case may be). It must only be a matter of time before they start suing people for overhearing music from somebody else’s headphones or somesuch…

I saw this amusing comment by Fred Sanford by chance at del.icio.us:

You know how sometimes you wake up in the morning with a song in your head? That’s a copyright violation!

1 comment

  1. Dcctor Vee wrote:
    “It must only be a matter of time before they start suing people for overhearing music from somebody else’s headphones”
    I don’t think so, they’re more likely to sue the headphone wearer for giving an unlicensed (and impromptu) public performance of the work.
    That said, if they’re that desperate, (and stoopid!), how long before they try and force radio stations, (real ones, not Internet ones), to insist on “subscriptions” to listen. After all, aren’t they “file sharing” their music with their listeners.
    There’s also some suggestions I’ve seen that “they” want to move people towards the idea of “renting” their music (a la Napster) rather than buying it as present. While that’ll maybe work for MP3/AAC etc I don’t see it being workable for good old CD’s… (I hope!)