File Trading: Put Everybody in Jail

  • Denounce: RIAA Opens Detention Facility for Suspected File Sharers. Citing lackluster results in its aggressive Subpoena-the-Family campaign, The Recording Industry Assocation of America, or RIAA, announced today it was escalating the war against music file sharing even higher by opening its massive detention facility in the high desert of Movaje, CA. The facility, designed to indefinitely detain up to three million people suspected of illegally or even legally sharing music files on the Internet, consumes 4,000 acres of the desert region some 70 miles north of Los Angeles.

  • Note for the humor-challenged: This is satire.


    Posted by: Oscar Carrillo on July 25, 2003 11:33 AM

    After all the terror alerts die down, this would be a great way to privatize those facilities in Guantanamo Bay.

    By the RIAA calculations, could easily be paid by the huge increase in CD sales resulting from this.

    Posted by: on July 25, 2003 02:37 PM

    How many people have died in the past year because of file sharing ? How many due to speeding ? Which is going to attract the most draconian penalties ? Just how much ‘damage’ is a single shared file to an artist, (not how much is it to the RIAA)? How much compensation does the government allow for the loss of a small toe?

    If we are to believe the RIAA the sharing of a single file is the equivalent in terms of bodily injury compensation of both arms and probably both legs too. Is this absurd? Greed knows no bounds.

    And by the way… just how are the RIAA going to prove that any one person allowed the upload of any more than a fragment of a song ?

    Posted by: ralph on July 25, 2003 07:02 PM

    That’s pretty funny. The best line is right at the end:

          No redistribution or copying without written permission from

    Nice finishing touch.

    Posted by: Tod Wicks on July 27, 2003 12:59 AM

    Ah, they misspelled “Mojave.” I guess this is part of the humor. Otherwise a great piece of work!

    Posted by: Mephistocles on August 27, 2003 10:17 PM

    PHEW…when I first read that I thought it was serious. .. I almost pissed my pants!

    Funny joke, but it’s also scary how close that is to being a reality.

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