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Why open source needs the RIAA to lose

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THE FREE SOFTWARE FOUNDATION (FSF) has been one of the surprise backers of people who the RIAA thinks should pay massive fines for sharing copyrighted music files online.

Joel Tenenbaum, who is being sued by RIAA member companies for copyright infringement, has appreciated receiving the support of the FSF, and that has set the RIAA to whingeing.

However John Sullivan, Operations Manager at the FSF told Torrent Freak that the RIAA's antics are inimical to free software and its technology. He thinks that if the cartel gets its way then the free software movement could be scuppered.
Sullivan filed a friend of the court brief in Sony BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum arguing that the RIAA's theory of statutory damage awards is unconstitutional.

He said that the lawsuits represent a concerted attempt to rewrite copyright law in a way that threatens to undermine the ultimate goals of the free software movement.

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