RIAA Police Raid Kazaa

By John Dvorak  |  Posted 2004-02-09 Print this article Print

The ethics involved in the music wars are getting complicated.

Looking back to my history
In a mystery,
how it came to me
A little money
and a lotta time
I gave all thats mine,
and now I got my sign
Ohhh, Im not your puppet
Dont pull my strings,
fool with this
Ill make you,
yea yea yea
Dance for me

—"What Chu Want" by Australian rap group J Wess Project

Its always something! Last week, in a series of surprise raids, the recording industry police, utilizing warrants based on some obscurities, blew into the Australian offices of Kazaa (Sharman Networks) and half a dozen other places, apparently, and took or trashed everything they could. I was visualizing Elliot Ness bursting into a Frank Nitti warehouse, using big axes to bust up liquor barrels and yelling, "Tell Capone he was paid a visit!" The only things the recording industry mob seems to be missing are machine guns and fedora hats.

This took place after the recording industry, which lost its case in April 2003 trying to shut down various peer-to-peer operations, showed up in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena pleading for a reversal. The industry has decided to get tough with everyone. This includes targeting telecommunications companies. In Australia, the stated hope is to find evidence to use against Sharman in the U.S. Sharman says its just harassment. Welcome to the world of globalization.

Click here read the entire Dvorak commentary at PC Magazine.

John C. Dvorak is a contributing editor of PC Magazine, for which he has been writing two columns, including the popular Inside Track, since 1986. Dvorak has won eight national awards from the Computer Press Association, including Best Columnist and Best Column. Dvorak's work appears in several magazines and newspapers, including Boardwatch, Computer Shopper, and MicroTimes. He is the author of several books on computing including the popular Dvorak's Guide to Telecommunications. His radio show, 'Real Computing,' can be heard on National Public Radio. He is also the host of TechTV's 'Silicon Spin.'

For more on John C. Dvorak, go to www.dvorak.org.


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