I received an email which said the following:
Debbie Rosenbaum sent a message to the members of Joel Fights Back Against RIAA.This email seems to be saying that they are trying to raise money with which to PAY THE RIAA. At first I thought, and was hoping, that maybe I'd misunderstood it, but then I saw this tweet from Debbie Rosenbaum, which removes any doubt:
Subject: Verdict is in ... $675,000
As many of you have already heard, a verdict came in yesterday against Joel for $675,000.
A grassroots campaign was started earlier today by individuals who aspire to help raise money in order for Joel not to have to file for bankruptcy. The idea is that if every file-sharer donated $.99 or the price of a few albums, a resounding message could be sent to the RIAA from the court of public opinion.
Because many people have been asking, we wanted to share the location where money is being collected: http://www.facebook.com/l/;www.joelfightsback.com.
Constant updates from Joel and his team at http://www.facebook.com/l/;www.twitter.com/joelfightsback.
debbierosenbaum: inspired by the global support coming into @joelfightsback and the grassroots campaign to raise the $675,000 my client @jesusina owes. #JFB
It would be insane for people who are opposed to the RIAA's litigation campaign to take up a collection for the RIAA. Anyone who wants to help fight the RIAA should be contributing money TO THOSE WHO ARE FIGHTING THE RIAA.
The best vehicle would be the FSF's Expert Witness Defense Fund, which has helped to retain technical experts and consultants for the defendants in:
UMG Recordings v. Lindor;
Capitol Records v. Thomas-Rasset; and
UMG Records v. Roy.
The only "message" that would be sent by contributing money to pay to the RIAA is that the RIAA is right to be doing what it is doing.
If you believe that, then be my guest.
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