[IP] RIAA Sues a 12-year old girl

Jeffrey Kay jeff at k2.com
Tue Sep 9 13:47:48 PDT 2003

I can't believe that $100/week is right.  That sounds way, way too high.
My eleven year old doesn't get nearly that much and I mean like an order
of magnitude, not like a few bucks.  According to this site, I'm not off
the norm:


That doesn't change the fact that there is a tremendous amount of
discretionary money out there in the 12-18 bracket, but $1B per week is

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: fork-bounces at xent.com [mailto:fork-bounces at xent.com] On 
> Behalf Of Adam L Beberg
> Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2003 12:43 PM
> To: FoRK
> Subject: Re: [IP] RIAA Sues a 12-year old girl
> 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
>    http://www.mithral.com/~beberg/
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