RIAA Lambasts PCMag.com Over Limewire Article; Shoots Strong-worded Letter To Retract Article

Written By Sam on 27 November 2010

Something as simple as inserting external links into your site can land you in legal soup, particularly if the link is to a BitTorrent site, such as the Pirate Bay, even if you did that to substantiate your article or for mere information/education sake.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has been very vocal and aggressive in opposing the “trafficking of pirated American movies and music from rogue websites outside our borders…“. The organization had openly supported the ‘Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act,’ the senate bill targeting rogue foreign sites trafficking in illegal music and movies.

It had even issued an official statement on September 20 saying the bill was “a welcome first step toward cutting off the financial lifeline that sustains these illegal operations and threatens the livelihoods of countless members of the American music community.” Well, it looks like the bill suffered a roadblock, and is probably even dead. But RIAA seems bent on giving us a feel of how things could be if the bill were to become law.

To start with, RIAA has lambasted the tech journal PCMag.com for publishing an article on the demise of Limewire, the free peer-to-peer file sharing (P2P) client program that ran into rough weather, following copyright infringement issues, leading to its shut down on October 26.

The RIAA alleged that the attention the program got through the article was responsible for its ‘resurrection.’ In fact, the journal, published by Ziff-Davis, is understood to have received a letter from the RIAA and other signatories expressing disappointment that an article on such a line should have been written.

The article in question is ‘LimeWire is Dead: What Are the Alternatives?’ What irked RIAA was that the article actually incorporated the options to the dead P2P service. A disclaimer was tagged to the article though saying PC Magazine did not endorse illegal material. However, the RIAA was clearly not impressed and said:

“The disclaimer in the first, ‘PC Magazine does not condone the download of copyrighted or illegal material,’ rings hollow to say the least.”

The ‘first?’ Was there another article? Well, it seems like there was. And the second article was apparently carried in PC World, published by IDG.

The letter also demanded the article be retracted from PCMag.com. However, we hear, the magazine is not likely to relent.

Via: Hothardware.com

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