What do you make of this whole mess? I think the RIAA is outta there freakin minds for pulling stunts like this! I don't get me wrong, I am NOT adovcating theft, but this is way to extreme. Don't you agree? The jury awarded $222,000 in damages, which for the 20 some songs she had, equals over $9000 per song! How can those buffons order her to pay that much for songs that cost $1 per song on I-Tunes?
The RIAA is blaming file sharing on the decline in music sales, which probably has had a small effect on sales. Long before Napster, Kazaa, and other P2P networks came to light, people were copying records, cd's or even taping tracks off the radio. Music sharing has been around for ages yet the industry had kept growing, whats changed all of the sudden? Simple question with a simple answer: you're not putting out very good music. We used to get Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and Aretha Franklin all we get now are Ashlee Simpson and the Spice Girls. HEY RIAA? YOU WANT MORE OF MY MONEY PUT OUT SOME MUSIC I WANNA PAY FOR!
It just seems to me that sueing a group of people who may not be happy with the content you produce just is a bad idea. Quit looking for young women with a nice face and minimal musical talent, instead sign people with musical talent irregardless of looks. The music buying public wants to hear someone who can sing a song without studio intervention or lip syncing when live. The best artists in the business aren't always the most attractive, look at Bob Dylan, Lyle Lovett, Beck, Moby, Cass Elliot, and Freddie Mercury these are all examples of people who managed to make huge impacts in the business despite thier looks.
In closing, drop this silly decision or at least be fair by charging this woman a more reasonable decision. No music, no matter how good it is, is worth nine grand!