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:: RIAA to Parents: Pay When They're Toddlers and Save the Bother Later

By: Electronic Frontier Foundation (editor at eff dot org)
Sunday, April 1, 2007 12:01:00 AM

  

The RIAA today sent a "settlement letter" to all parents of children under 3 years old offering a toddler settlement rate for online copyright infringement if they simply send payment to major record labels before their children learn to read.  

"Our goal is to make this easier for parents," said RIAA President Cary Sherman. "Everyone knows that in this era of increasing hard drive capacity and new digital media technologies, it is inevitable that every child in America will infringe copyright sooner or later. With our 'toddler settlement' rate, parents can avoid those pesky lawsuits. Consider it a way to invest your child's future."  

The toddler settlement requires parents to log everything their child ever does online and to make those logs available to the RIAA at regular intervals. "It can just become a part of every birthday celebration," added RIAA's counsel at Holme, Roberts and Owen. "Blow out the candles and send your Internet logs to Uncle RIAA!"  

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