Apparently the RIAA does not represent all record companies. Nettwerk Music Group, home to Sarah McLachlan, Avril Lavigne, and others, has joined the fight against the RIAA on behalf of consumers who wish to download music:
“Suing music fans is not the solution, it’s the problem,” stated Terry McBride, C.E.O of Nettwerk Music Group.
“Litigation is not ‘artist development.’ Litigation is a deterrent to creativity and passion and it is hurting the business I love,” insists McBride. “The current actions of the RIAA are not in my artists’ best interests.”
Nettwerk is supporting 15-year-old Elisa Greubel, whose family is being sued by the RIAA. Nettwerk will pay all legal fees and fines should the family lose.
Tip of the hat to Michael Geist.