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April 18, 2004
Fake "Clean Slate" Gone - How About a Real One?
Remember the RIAA's "Clean Slate" program -- the one that was supposed to demonstrate its good faith toward file sharers seeking to go legit, but actually made them more vulnerable to lawsuits for copyright infringement? Well, the RIAA has decided to cancel the program.
I've written a short post about its cancellation over @ EFF's Deep Links, discussing just how insincere the RIAA is about helping music fans come in from the cold. How so? The group announced it had discontinued "Clean Slate" in the middle of a court hearing over the program, in a transparent effort to make Ira Rothken's case against it moot -- while at the same time rejecting proposals like EFF's for Voluntary Collective Licensing, which would turn millions of file sharers into paying customers.
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