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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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Real Problem
By bobcpg on 7/14/2010 10:59:03 AM , Rating: 2
Like other have said before me: It shouldn't be easier to pirate, it should just be cheaper.

I am by no means a music junkie but let me say a few things.

1. If I want to buy a car I know to go to a dealership
2. If I need food I go to the grocery store
3. If I need worms for bait I know bait stores will have them

Problem is: If I want to buy a MP3 of a song that I know will work in any device/software now or in the future, I honestly do not know where to get it. Sure I can think of some places but I really do not trust that they will have a DRM free version as I described above.

And if I did find such a place I'm sure they would charge too much. Which brings me to another point that I have heard before: perhaps music and moves are too expensive! Does the crap they put out now in music and movie form deserve multi million dollar 15 years olds?

Anyways, just thought I'd say a few words.

RE: Real Problem
By lamerz4391 on 7/14/2010 11:16:28 AM , Rating: 1
Um ... Amazon??? 100% DRM free. Problem solved.

Anyone pirating music that is available DRM free today from legit sources is a fucking leech. It was different (late-90's to early 00's) when the labels refused to release songs individually, laced them with DRM, and refused to play ball with legitimate consumers. Now there are several million songs available DRM free from multiple legit sources for reasonable prices.

That said, I hate the RIAA and they should die a horrible death.

RE: Real Problem
By bobcpg on 7/14/2010 1:29:03 PM , Rating: 1
Problem solved.

Unless I have a problem with Amazon. Sued for tax evasion....No thanks.

RIAA and MPAA instead of pushing back against technology should have welcomed it and at a fair price. Instead of allowing/making companies lock down their music to one service one type of player, they should have left it open. Consequently I feel like I have to do all this research just to make sure what I am buying will work with all my current and future devices/software. aka I DONT TRUST THEM.

How does that lend to making people want to buy instead of copy?

"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes

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