[IP] RIAA Sues a 12-year old girl

Adam L Beberg beberg at mithral.com
Tue Sep 9 12:42:35 PDT 2003

Farber only posts like 1% of what he gets, so I'll post this here.

> Hi Dave,
> The net and press coverage of this one has a very surreal feel to it. 
> People are embracing one change - that the CDROM model is dead, long 
> live iTunes, while ignoring one that goes far beyond music.
> In 1997 a survey of 12-18 year old kids found the average allowance 
> was $100/week (Ohio St. U). That was a collective $1B/week in 100% 
> discretionary spending power. I've had a cash card since I was 15 - 
> and that was 15 years ago. Now it's trivial for even the 13+ crowd and 
> the family dog to get one.
> Let me spell it out - purchasing power is increasingly in the hands of 
> minors not subject to contract law, copyright law, click-wraps, or 
> anything else. Legally they are non-entities. The RIAA's target market 
> is those minors and their bank accounts. So how do you do business 
> when your customer base is immune to the law? We're all watching them 
> flop around like a fish out of water, completely helpless.
> It would be hard to find a kindergarden grad that doesn't understand 
> exactly what stealing is. Time to change some age limits.

- Adam L. Beberg - beberg at mithral.com

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