The United States Appeals Court has told the RIAA that their tactics in compelling ISP’s to reveal the identities of their customers, violating the customer’s right to privacy “borders upon the silly”. Judge ruled against them and has revoked their subpoena power.
An excellent victory in the battle for privacy, but it’s not over yet. I imagine we’ll see the RIAA find as many ways as they possibly can to make money off of mp3’s through litigation. And once the litigation possibilities run out, then… perhaps, they will start to rethink their business model. Or… perhaps, the artists will get tired of using the RIAA as their means to speak to the world and just start releasing mp3s directly from their websites for 75 cents a piece! Would that not be cool?