'According to court records, the bootleg concerts ranged from the Stevie Ray Vaughn and Tori Amos to Korn, Matchbox 20 and Nine Inch Nails or what [Judge] Doherty referred to as something about nails. ... Doherty also ordered Pritchard to perform 350 hours of community service speaking to children about music bootlegging and piracy laws to let them know this is serious.
The judge told Pritchard that in selling bootlegs he had taken money that might have otherwise gone to musicians and songwriters to pay doctor bills and send their kids to school.'
I'm all about coming down on the sale of bootlegs, particularly shoddy ones, but I wonder if the artists will actually see any of the money from this lawsuit. An additional thought: These guys sold bootlegs for over four years, and had a personal library of over a thousand bootlegs, and each of them has to pay about $45,000 to the RIAA. Compare this to a case wrapped up last October where the RIAA was awarded $222,000 from one woman for sharing 24 MP3s over Kazaa.
I promise I'll quit it with the current events updates when there's something more relevant to post about, which should happen in a handful of days, if the Feb 16th nin.com post holds true.