“I Sue Dead People”

I’ve always said how the IFPI and their local partner organizations in Europe should be praised for their approach to taking legal action against individuals i.e. plenty of carrot to go with the stick. Suing portions of your customer base is never an easy decision and the IFPI et al have gone about it in as balanced a way as they could. If you ever want to see how not to do law suits, just take a glance over the pond at the RIAA.

Their apparent inability to learn from their mistakes has seen the latest round of law suits look the most heavy handed yet. Stories circulating so far include suing a family without a computer and advising a student to quit college so that so she could get a job in order to pay her RIAA fees. But the best one yet is filing against some one who is now dead, which generated the absolutely priceless headline…

“I sue dead people.”

Fair enough, there is some bad luck involved here, but much is also symptomatic of policy. The RIAA would do well to take a leaf out of the book of the IFPI and, dare I say it, the BPI…