Everyone that is surprised that an entity that facilitates illegal file sharing is being picked on. Ok, all of you that raised your hands… you’re idiots. Don’t breed.
Since Napster took a dirt nap, everyone that was awake understood that any system that had a hub that could be targeted…. would be targeted.
1 a: causing vexation : distressing <vexatious delays>
b: intended to harass <a vexatious lawsuit>
2: full of disorder or stress : troubled <a vexatious period in her life>
- vex·a·tious·ly adverb
- vex·a·tious·ness noun
Are we clear on the definition of vexatious? I’m hoping so, otherwise you won’t know why everyone is laughing so hard.
That is a quote from one Richard L. Gabriel, lead national counsel for the RIAA and a partner at the Denver law firm Holme, Roberts, & Owen.
What’s he referencing? One of those dastardly, crooked cap wearing, pants-drooping music thieves with thousands of downloads under their belt, I bet.
Well, when it comes to lawsuits against their fans. When it comes to providing their music in new and innovative ways, they’ll wait until it’s been proven economically feasible before they’ll try it.
You’ll remember that Metallica was one of the main proponents in the initial lawsuits that brought down Napster. Now, they’d like you to know that it was never about downloading music. They just, you know…. didn’t want you to do it then. Now it’s ok of course, because Trent Reznor made an assload of cash doing it.
What really happened is this: Metallica got caught hugging an antiquated music distribution system. When the fear of sales dropping touched their wallets, they lashed out. Over the years, they’ve held their stance, because nobody else broke the mold. Now that bands like Radiohead, Trent Reznor and others have proven that you can sell a lot of music this way, they’re willing to try it. Oh, and hey, let’s just forget about that whole “attack our fans” phase we went through.
Hey, who am I to judge? I’ll download their new album…. If they offer it for free.
Hey, I’m no pirate.