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IFPI Threatens UK Academic For Linking To Article 182

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Apparently the RIAA is getting sensitive about counterclaims. When a British blog author linked to a recent article about a defendant's counterclaims for extortion and conspiracy by the RIAA in a Florida case, UMG v. Del Cid, a record company executive who sits on the board of the RIAA's UK counterpart, the IFPI, threatened the author if he did not take his link down."
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IFPI Threatens UK Academic For Linking To Article

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  • by suv4x4 ( 956391 ) on Monday June 18, 2007 @05:48AM (#19548427)
    Everytime someone misuse the word "terrorism", god kills a kitten and the terrorists win.

    Damn, god's a terrorist.
  • by rucs_hack ( 784150 ) on Monday June 18, 2007 @05:55AM (#19548461)
    so, If I get the RIAA to do this to my refrigerator, it will keep it chilled enough to mean I can turn off the power and save the environment? Sounds good.
  • by Joebert ( 946227 ) on Monday June 18, 2007 @05:56AM (#19548467) Homepage
    That explains the missing WMD.
  • Re:So... (Score:3, Funny)

    by rucs_hack ( 784150 ) on Monday June 18, 2007 @05:58AM (#19548481)
    When do the RICO investigations begin?
    Rico can't help, he's busy leading the Roughnecks, don't you know anything?
  • Re:Really? (Score:3, Funny)

    by rts008 ( 812749 ) on Monday June 18, 2007 @06:13AM (#19548531) Journal
    No, I think he meant that you get hate mail in your hubcaps.


    Does the size of the hubcaps determine how much hate mail you can get?

    *goes outside and removes hubcaps...uses one to supplement tinfoil hat*
  • by ayana ( 1115493 ) on Monday June 18, 2007 @07:18AM (#19548873) Homepage Journal
    for some reason, i *always* misread "British Phonographic Industry" as "British Pornographic Industry"...
  • by mrbluze ( 1034940 ) on Monday June 18, 2007 @09:08AM (#19549635) Journal

    What if they retaliate by calling you a NAZI?

    You can easily turn around and call them a copyright DENIER.

  • by clickety6 ( 141178 ) on Monday June 18, 2007 @09:33AM (#19549889)
    do you know people die every single day in car accidents? Do you drive a car?

    I do - but now I always wear a seat belt. Same way that when downloading, I make sure I use proxies and encryption ;-)
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 18, 2007 @09:44AM (#19550021)
    giving out vague threats that bad things happen to you if you don't comply with his requests

    I built and program my computer. To my computer I am God. I expect my computer to behave as I expect it to behave or I'll take the damned thing apart and fix it. What kind of hubris must you have to think you're God's equal? You are no more to God than Van Gogh's self portrait is to Van Gogh.

    Telling your child he'll get spanked if he runs out in the street is not terrorism. Spanking him after he runs out in the street is not terrorism.

    conducts a worldwide network of followers who would religiously do whatever he requests or allegedly requests

    As the GP said, that also is not terrorism. Neither is networking the computers you yourself built.

    kills people (or makes his followers thinks he wants them to kill people) who he deems enemies

    He has stated on more than one occasion to the Jews, Chriatians, Muslims, and others that "thou shalt not kill." People killing in God's name, or exhort others to kill, are NOT following God's wishes. The Muslim strapping on a bomb is NOT following Allah's wishes, neither is the Christian bombing an abortion clinic, neither is the Jew shooting rockets at Palistineans. Neither is the oil man American President starting needless bloody wars to raise the price of gasoline. These people worship money and power and don't give two shits about God.

    This IS terrorism, but don't blame God. God didn't tell people to do this, people falsely did in His name.

    promises eternal bliss to those that die in his name and for his cause

    That's not terrorism either. And I must point out that you WILL die, the only question is how and when.

    I am insignifigant. I do not matter.


The intelligence of any discussion diminishes with the square of the number of participants. -- Adam Walinsky