Death By Lawyer

Originally posted 2007-06-13 20:42:40. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

mymp3They make that sound like a bad thing. Now, I wouldn’t agree with each and every little thing Stan Schroeder, the author of this article on Mashable, says — such as this about of blessed memory:

In 2000, the owners started a new service – – which enabled users to register CDs they legally own and make online copies on’s servers. Although this about as legit as you can get, the record industry managed to sue them (!) and win (!?), and had to settle the lawsuit, paying 200 million dollars in damages, which turned out to be a blow from which they would never recover.

“About as legit as you can get”? Yes, well, that’s what Cooley Godward thought, too. Judge Jed Rakoff didn’t see it that way, and — in his inimitable matter — he didn’t suggest there was a lot of doubt about the right answer, either. We never got a second opinion (i.e., one that mattered from an appellate court), so just don’t come away from this article with the wrong impression.

Still and all, a good piece, and food for thought. Hat tip to Overlawyered.


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