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The cold hard numbers show the RIAA's legal campaign to be about as successful financially as burning money in a pit.  (Source: Views Skewed)
"That does not make sense!"

In the infamous Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) 2008 IRS tax filing, the organization revealed the stunning financial futility of its battle against piracy.  The document[PDF], obtained by P2PNet, reads like a lawyer's dream and like a financial officer's worst nightmare.

At the end of the day, RIAA paid Holmes Roberts & Owen $9,364,901 in 2008, Jenner & Block more than $7,000,000, and Cravath Swain & Moore $1.25 million to pursue claims against music pirates.  That's a total of over $17.6M USD.  And there were more law firms listed -- those were just the top three fees. 

In return, it received a mere $391,000 USD in compensation from its pirate victims.  In other words -- the RIAA spent over 45 times on lawsuits and threats than what it received in return.

The document proves similar to those obtained from past years.  For example in 2006 the RIAA in excess of $19M+ USD in legal fees and $3.6M USD investigative fees to pull in $455,000 (Source [PDF]).  And in 2007, it recovered $515,929 after spending $21M+ USD on legal fees and another $3.5M USD on its investigation (Source [PDF]).

In total, from 2006 to 2008 the RIAA spent $64M USD to make $1.361M USD.

Unless you're an electric car company, those kind of financials would typically spell the end of your company or organization.  However, the music industry seems more than happy to keep pouring money into the hole, as they feel they're overall preventing an even greater loss of revenue at the hands of pirates.

Unfortunately for them this may not be true at all.  Time and time again studies have shown that pirates will continue to pirate music and movies despite the RIAA's best efforts.  Piracy shows no sign of slowing down, despite all the lawsuits.  And likewise BitTorrent traffic continues to grow.



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RE: Meh..
By slickr on 7/14/2010 10:48:29 AM , Rating: 3
I totally agree.
This is a clear fact that some people truly are stupid.
They would have been better off making a huge torrent site themselfs to blow all other out of the picture and than limit the downloads to few thousands only.


RE: Meh..
By jonup on 7/14/2010 3:06:18 PM , Rating: 2
990 Tax Return => It's an NPO => No Share holders.
Chances are the board is made of industry reps. and the industry is funding the NPO. It's a tax write-off for the industry (charitable donations). The board is very involved in the daily operations of the NPO (forced under current NPO regulations). => Funders are vary aware how the money are used and are driving force in the decission making in the RIAA.


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