Just came across this report on Media Wonk blog at Content Agenda:
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Paul Sweeting, Editor
(Paul Sweeting is the editor of ContentAgenda.com and a columnist for Video Business. He has covered the home entertainment industries since 1985 for Billboard, Variety, Publishers Weekly and other leading business publications. He is based in Washington, DC.)
RIAA: No alternative to law suits - October 11, 2007
RIAA president Cary Sherman admits there's a legal issue to appeal in the case of Capitol v. Thomas, but he's not worried about the outcome.
"It basically comes down to, who ya gonna believe, Ray Beckerman, or the Register of Copyrights?" he told Media Wonk at a "Copyright Expo" on Capitol Hill.
Beckerman is the lawyer who runs the Recording Industry vs. The People blog and a vocal critic of the RIAA's strategy of pursuing litigation against individual downloaders. In recent posts, he criticized the Thomas judge's now controversial instruction to the jury that merely making a file available to others on a peer-to-peer network infringes the copyright owner's exclusive distribution right, whether or not an actual file transfer takes place.
(Editor's note: I'm sure my readers know what the correct answer to the question is.
Question: Who are you going to believe, Ray Beckerman, or the Register of Copyrights?
Answer: Neither. I'm going to read the statute and believe what the statute says.
Now if the question were: "Who are you going to believe, Ray Beckerman or Cary Sherman?" Then the correct answer is "Ray Beckerman, he doesn't lie."
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