I have two interesting facts today. Both are legal issues that I find interesting.
The Recording Industry Association of America is suing people for downloading music. They’re monkey fuckers for doing this. You know that. The problem is that they refuse to acknowledge technological progress. They should realize that technology will always win out. Rather than being creative, they’re attempting to scare Americans into paying $18 for 1 hit song and 9 odes to bad writing.
In their zeal to do this, they’re issuing subpoenas to people who download and/or offer for download large quantities of music. Not surprisingly, they’ve walked into a public relations nightmare. They’re suing a 12-year-old girl for downloading songs such as “If You’re Happy and You Know It”. Ignoring the legal issues, this is not a good idea. Americans already hate the RIAA, but I think they’ll pursue this. It’s possible to chant “I’m right, I’m right, I’m right” at the top of your lungs, but being practical is smart. Too bad they’re stupid.
In another entertaining development, the results of Googling your own name can produce interesting results. I did this at the suggestion of a friend. My search returned a death row inmate. I’m fascinated by his website; he even has an e-mail address with the domain name @inmate.com. If you choose to do this with your name, who knows what might turn up.
To my namesake, if you’re reading this, I’m totally on your side, dude. Don’t let The Man keep you down.