Thursday, January 04, 2007

Supposedly Fighting to Keep 70-cents-per-download price "confidential", RIAA files court papers admitting 70-cents is "in the correct range"

Ironically, as the RIAA battles on in its supposed struggle to keep its 70-cents-per-download wholesale price "confidential", in UMG v. Lindor, it has publicly filed court papers, in a discovery dispute before Magistrate Judge Robert M. Levy, admitting that the 70-cents-per-download price is "in the correct range" (See Richard Gabriel Letter, Exhibit A, 7th page) and that "the actual numbers are in the range that you have suggested [approximately 70 cents per download]" (Richard Gabriel Letter, Exhibit A, 6th page):

January 3, 2007, Letter of Richard L. Gabriel (Disclosure of Wholesale Download Prices)*
Exhibit A to Letter of Richard L. Gabriel*
January 3, 2007, Letter of Ray Beckerman responding to Gabriel letter (Disclosure of Wholesale Download Prices)*
Exhibit A to Letter of Ray Beckerman*
Exhibit B to Letter of Ray Beckerman*
Exhibit C to Letter of Ray Beckerman*
January 4, 2007, Letter of Richard Gabriel*
January 4, 2007, Letter of Ray Beckerman*

* Document published online at Internet Law & Regulation

Commentary & discussion:

(English language:)

Ars Technica
Hard OCP
Tech Spot
Daily Kos

(Other languages:)

Heise Online

Keywords: digital copyright online download upload peer to peer p2p file sharing filesharing music movies indie label freeculture creative commons pop/rock artists riaa independent mp3 cd favorite songs


CodeWarrior said...

Actually, for an RIAA tune, I would humbly suggest that TWO CENTS would be highway robbery.

raybeckerman said...

Dear rufus

I have read reports that the New York State Attorney General's office is indeed investigating their price-fixing.

Alter_Fritz said...

"In my view the best possible outcome would be guilty but[...]"

Not if you did not have downloaded any songs or don't even own a Computer like Ms. Lindor in this case!

"But what is to stop the RIAA from some sort of dismissal motion if it looks like its going to set a bad precedent for them?"

Absolutely nothing. And infact this is exactly what RIAA do routinely in cases where the noncopyrightinfringers stand up against the evil RIAA.

raybeckerman said...

There were some posts from "anonymous" which have been deleted. There are not supposed to be anonymous comments on "Recording Industry vs. The People".