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RIAA successfully shakes down another victim

So Jammie Thomas’s verdict went from $222,000 to $1.92 million in her re-trial.  I still think her “gremlins did it” defense was the height of stupidity but if anything, this verdict shows that the laws are seriously flawed. $80,000 per song?

We should all create some music and sign up with the recording industry since every starving artist obviously gets filthy rich from the RIAA. Pirating music and video is illegal, but there should be some sort of penalty that weighs the actual crime with the real damages. The RIAA is and remains an extortion outfit and will get more mileage from this verdict to advertise their extortion/protection racket.

Jammie Thomas made a mistake and should have come clean. How different would the outcome for her had been if her lawyer said to the RIAA “If you keep the terms private, we will pay $xx per song”. That would have likely been accepted if only because the RIAA would have avoided the bad press. Instead, she now again becomes the poster child for “Hey, I said it was not me” defense.

Now the RIAA and their extortion scheme of “Pay up now or we’ll take your family’s home and possessions” scam just got more lucrative. She will never be able to pay but they will get it all back in free press.

Senator McCain is embracing the Internet

I don’t agree with Senator McCain about many things, but I like him. I can disagree with his politics and still consider him to be a great American.

He’s really beginning to embrace the Internet. First it was with a Twitter account and now someone has setup for him his own Youtube page. I’ve been following his Twitter account and I get a kick out of his “I’m off to this meeting” tweets.

Considering what’s going on with the Republican Party (Rush and Michael Steele are embarrassing con artists), it’s a good thing that the McCains are on the job.

What the Republican’s need to remember is that almost everyone liked Ronald Reagan.  His politics weren’t really different from main stream republicans, but he was approachable and people could have fun with him. I think his policies hurt the country in the long term but, disagree with him or not, you felt like your grandpa or your fun uncle was in office.

If they really want to get back into politics, they need to stop being so “pure” (a Master Party? I don’t wan’t to think about that) and start being approachable and accepting. Losing moderates will only continue to hurt them and make them look more like boot clicking marching robots.