What Are You Gonna Do? Garnishee Their Work-Study Wages?

For years now, the recording industry has carped about the money they lose through illegal downloading and file-swapping, and consumers have yelled back that if the industry didn’t set the prices for CDs and DVDs artificially high, fewer people would need to go the piracy route. But the industry ratcheted up the rhetoric considerably last week when it began to go after a few select college students who have swapped large amounts of digital music and video online. Katie Dean compares the tactic to the American military’s ‘shock and awe’ campaign in Iraq, since the plan isn’t meant to recover financial losses for the industry. In point of fact, it is intended to scare the bejeezus out of college students.