Next thing you know, we'll be paying to hear music over the radio (oh wait! Isn't that satellite radio?)
Or, as someone else posted in another topic, the RIAA will find a way to monitor our minds, and find a way to charge us when a song gets stuck in our heads.
Next thing you know, they'll find a way to say that speaking, reading, or writing the lyrics of a song is copyright infringement, and then, copyright the entire English language, because every word could theoretically be found in some song that they own.
Please, make it stop!!
I've been thinking through the implications of RIAA's statement to the DMCA rule makers you commented on earlier this week. While their comments are not new news, where they are making them and what could happen if they do get changes made I think shows that not only do they get it, they get it much better than most of us do.
Face it, RIAA won't win on a direct challenge to existing fair use laws either popular opinion politically or judicially. But if they can get changes to the DMCA rules, thus making their content shifting rules real, it won't matter what the fair use laws are because DMCA will likely overshadow it. Even if the case is not clear it would provide the necessary reason to have the Supreme court review the current situation and decide what is applicable. Given overseas laws it quite possible the shift could be in RIAA's favor not the consumers. Forget this whole notion of RIAA not winning the war. If they win this battle, other campaigns they fight will be much more easily won, and besides if they do win they will be able to sick the FEDs on you for violations because it changes from being a civil matter to a truly criminal matter.
RIAA do get it and they are much more successful at gaining for their cause than consumers are. I think we are about to be blindsided by a change heavily in RIAAs favor and we cannot even see it coming. Wakey Wakey guys!!!