My favorite comments on the Jamie Thomas case.

Jury in RIAA Trial Slaps $2 Million Fine on Jammie Thomas (source)

"Time to boycott every label represented by RIAA."

"I would really like to know what the artists concerned think about it… I’m not sure I would enjoy the knowledge that a fan’s life was ruined because she stole one of my songs. Some artists on the playlist are not exactly establishment friendly; I mean how ironic is it to be sued for the theft of “Welcome to the jungle”?"

WHY?: Peeping patterns, I can already see that the copyright wars will be known in retrospect as one of the most important battlefronts in the information age. President Obama seems to know it (as he searches for his Internet Czar). I'm not sure how many others noticed (especially those who only watch cable/television). But to me, June 12, 2009 was a very very interesting day. It was the day the United States essentially banned analog television broadcasting. Interest in this forced transition to digital information is widely driven off the fact that the digital is essentially a pure simulation of the analog (real energy). Fans of it welcome the perfecting of media quality, while skeptical observers question whether or not this is healthy for the evolution of the modern human psychology. Are we being forced into an evolution into the synthetic that we may later regret?

As French philosopher Jean Baudrillard pointed out (thanks Mike), embracing the digital is officially when we get into matrix territory, and the final end of a modernity that never truly existed in the first place. One interesting experiment I tried out recently with my father was testing rural reception of the new digital signal. Interestingly enough, you either get a pure signal, or you get nothing -- blackness. There is no more tweaking, no more snow, no more enabling a partial signal if you're "sort of" out of range. That alone is enough for me to miss the "in-between" of analog already. I wanted to share some of these comments on this story (via Wired) because I think it's important to stay up on how the RIAA and other members of an increasingly digitized entertainment industry are trying to retain control and power in the opening salvos of this information age. These comments give you a taste of the resistance movement that already exists thanks to the aggressive tactics of the entertainment industry. More of my favorites are after the continued.

"By doing this RIAA want to frighten YOU. My anwswer to them FICH YOU ASS HOLES. I will never pay for music for the rest of my life. Period"

"I for one will NEVER buy another recording from these record labels. If we drive them out of business, more friendy ones will take their place. Maybe they will feel as depressed, as this poor women feels now."

"What record labels still don’t understand is this. When you steal a record from a record store, you’re doing two things: first, you’re getting access to something without having paid for it; and second, you’re *depriving someone else* (ie the store) of that item, meaning they can no longer sell it - hence, the store (and the label, and the artist) loses profit. But when you “steal” music digitally, you’re not depriving *anyone* of the ability to sell that music; you’re making a copy of it. Hence, it should be obvious from the get-go that pirating digital music is “half as bad” as actually stealing a physical copy from a store (as long as you’re not using it to print and sell bootlegs, anyway). Screw the RIAA. Hail to Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails, and the future of the music industry."

"What’s funny is that aside from the lawyers nobody wins. This woman certainly will never pay but it will make her financial life difficult. The RIAA looks like a bunch of assholes (more so than usual) and everybody else continues to pirate."

"I like Charles Stross’s vision of the future Recording Industry, where they just eventually become outright extortionists, very similar to the Mafia. Seems like the logical direction in which their business model is headed."

"I will never buy an album from a record company ever again. All music consumption will be legal downloads - from the artists directly when possible. Does anyone else feel that the RIAA has a secret agenda to ensure the quick demise of all recording labels?"

"$80,000 per song… Let me re-emphasize that: $80,000 for a bloody encoded music file. They call what she did a crime, yet forcing someone to pay $2 million for a handful of music is perfectly legal. We’re a pretty sad lot indeed. We wonder why America is failing economically. It’s not just the banks, credit cards, or insurance companies… the underlying problem is that we treat each other like sh*t. Our entire economy is built around ‘oops economics’. We wait for someone to make a mistake, or break a petty law and then we crush them. Shame on us. If we want to understand what is wrong with our country, our economy, and our society this is one grand example."

"This is a terribly disproportionate fine. She should definitely appeal on 8th Amendment grounds. Now that the RIAA has taken things to this level, I will never buy a product again that contributes monetarily to them. Fuck you greedy bastards. Lawsuits against your consumer-target group are the most certain way to lose sales now."

"What I want to know is this: $25/Mo for Satellite Radio, $65/Mo for Dish TV with CD quality audio, Bought the LPs back in the day, Have duplicate CDs for much of my LP collection… Can I get busted downloading music I already paid for just because P2P is faster in most cases than an MP3 rip? When do I actually finish paying for my music?"