ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN LIP SERVICE WEB MAGAZINE
To make up for crappy profits, most of which likely stem from media over-saturation and a shitty economy, the folks at the RIAA would rather blame you and your (*arrrr*) piracy and take their pound of flesh from your hide. Here’s where it gets good (for RIAA). Because there’s no concrete means of counting what might have been lost, no determining the damage done to profits (if any) by personal file sharing, they’ll just pull a number out of their ass. It’ll be a really big number, too. And, guess what? They’ll have a cadre of accountants and other random flacks come up with all manner of snazzy, convoluted algorithms to back it up. They’ll also have a seemingly endless supply of lawyers and researchers, who’re going to keep digging and bury you deep enough in lawsuit hell you can never get out.
You, on the other hand, have an excuse that didn’t even work with your mom when you were three. “But, everybody’s doing it!” you exclaim. Meanwhile, back in reality, you lose.”