In a rare moment of contrition, the RIAA and MPAA wrote in an official letter to the U.S. Congress that the stream of lawsuits that they have been dropping on people for the last few years won't stop anyone from illegally downloading copyrighted material. Mostly citing the fact that lawsuits takes forever to litigate, here's what the MPAA and RIAA had to say:
"The role of lawsuits in solving the online theft problem is clearly limited," wrote the coalition that included the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). "For instance, bringing clear-cut claims against major commercial infringers is not by itself a solution in the long run," the coalition wrote. "These cases take years to litigate and are an enormous resource drain."
Which is exactly what everyone with any sense has been saying for more than a while. But I guess when you're trying to sue the pants off housewives you lose perspective. [CNET]