Monday, January 26, 2009

Issue Oriented: 'The RIAA and Torture'

Just when I thought I had heard every loopy copyleft conspiracy theory comes a new one that has really got to be read to be believed. Or disbelieved. And exposed to public mockery.

Jack Sanders, Esq., of Nutley, New Jersey ("Certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey"!) has an article on "Issue Oriented" that argues (and I use than term loosely) that the RIAA is somehow linked to "torture." Somehow.

Here's Sanders' "theory": the record labels' litigation against individual p2p infringers can be explained by the fact that RIAA CEO Mitch Bainwol used to work for former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), who was a co-sponsor of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which had something to do with torture, oh, and there was also a controversy about Frist's dissection of cats while in medical school, and "Frist was anti-choice, anti-embryonic stem cell research, anti-gay marriage, pro-teaching creationism in schools," so therefore the labels' lawsuits are really, really bad. Or something. Read it yourself. And weep.

1 comment:

  1. I believe Mr. Sanders argument is that its not surprising that the RIAA is a bit extreme in its quest to seek punitive damages against those who download music illegally given that Mr. Brainwol was a former aide to an extremist himself. It also appears Mr. Sanders has done extensive research and is just recording the facts regarding Bill Frist. Given that Mr. Brianwol was closely associated to someone of questionable character, perhaps that does say something about him. I don't know myself, but that appears to be the argument, and in my opinion, it isn't that outlandish.


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