The RIAA has seen a goldmine in threats to individuals who can't afford to defend themselves against a monstrously large organization.
Let's face facts; some of the members of the RIAA are also manufacturers of electronic equipment.
Even in the seventies, manufacturers advertised that you could use their units to record your favorite tunes off the radio directly on to your cassette or 8 tracks. Also, have you ever seen a VCR without a tuner? They were MADE to record your programs, programs that are copyrighted.
Now these same people who have made the equipment and advertised that it was ok to record have changed their mind and want money for sharing MP3's. Music in a format THEY don't offer! If they started putting 200 mp3's on a disk and selling it for the same $15 I am sure the world would stop file sharing, but the recording industry is greedy. They put 15 songs on a disk (of which only one is worth a darn) that cost them less than 20 cents to produce and sell it for $15. We should sue them for price gouging!
To put it all in perspective, most records and movies are in the black (profit) inside of the first couple of days or weekend. NO ONE is starving in recording industry. If they are, perhaps the stars, CEO's and directors need to not be paid quite so much so the little guys in the industry could be paid better.
FINAL THOUGHT: If the RIAA has a problem with file sharing let them start by suing SONY, An electronics manufacturer and member of RIAA.
ALSO I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST WE PROTEST THE RIAA BY NOT BUYING CD'S OR GOING TO THE MOVIES THE ENTIRE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER. THERE IS STRENGTH IN UNITY.
besides, at the end of the month you'll have a nice chunk of change to buy blank CDR's with.