Thousands of Internet radio stations are dead, due to a deal not only designed to specifically crush smaller webcasters but also to charge Internet radio stations far more than comparable real-world radio stations. But get this: the RIAA isn’t happy yet. That’s right, they’re suing the Librarian of Congress claiming the deal “significantly undervalued the music”. In other words, they want even more money, which means that inevitably more stations will get shut down.

But hey, if they can sue, we can sue too, right? Why doesn’t the EFF start a lawsuit on behalf of all the stations that were forced to close because of the CARP deal.

Honestly, I don’t see what legal case they have here. Even if the Librarian did make a mistake, how is that illegal? As I understand it, it’s his job to make the decision in whatever manner he wants. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.

posted August 09, 2002 10:11 AM (Politics) #


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