The EFF petition is here44,000 Sign EFF Stop the RIAA Petition
September 18, 2003
In response to the recent lawsuits that the RIAA have filled against 261 US file sharers the EFF have placed a petition on their website that has drawn a large audience. It started off with a target of 10,000 signatures but the number is now more than 4 fold this. The petition will be sent to congress to help campaign for an end to the lawsuit madness of the US music industry.
The following is included as part of the petition …
We oppose the recording industry's decision to attack the public, bankrupt its customers and offer false amnesty to those who would impugn themselves. We call instead for a real amnesty: the development of a legal alternative that preserves file-sharing technology while ensuring that artists are fairly compensated. In signing this petition, we formally request that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), as representatives of the public interest, be included in any upcoming hearings regarding the proper scope of copyright enforcement in the digital age.
It is certainly the belief of many that only through the mass mobilisation of consumers via boycotts and acts to congress can there by any chance of a change in strategy employed the RIAA.
Other action against the lawsuits this week has included the newly formed P2P united strengthening its own anti-lawsuit campaign, congress examining the legality of the lawsuits and several subpoena victims including nycfasiongirl suing the RIAA. Lets hope someone can end the madness.