The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) is a group that fights for what it considers artists rights online. How does that affect most people? Usually, you will find that this translates to them suing people who do things that the RIAA does not want people doing. For example, it has a reputation for being particularly nasty when you share and/or download files illegally on the Internet and violate copyright laws.
This is an example from October 2007. They successfully sued a single mother of two for $222,000. How many hundreds of songs did she download, do you ask? The number was not in the hundreds. The number was only 24 songs.
The RIAA is really being very aggressive about suing people. In my opinion, it is quite a shame that it comes down to them suing their customers instead of working with them to find a way to make things work for everyone.
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