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:: RIAA Study: Music Piracy More Common Than High-Fives, Bicycle Trips

By: Electronic Frontier Foundation (editor at eff dot org)
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 12:00:00 AM


Findings from a two-year study released Monday by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) indicate that illicit music downloads among young adults are more popular than PB & J, high-fives, and all-around good times combined.

"With such concrete evidence as to the true extent of music downloading, I think it's clear we have an obligation to push forward and properly reprimand the assailants," said RIAA President Cary Sherman in a statement Monday.

The two-year study collected data from a sample of over 5,000 college students across the country. Individuals were asked to record the number of times a day they did a variety of common, college-aged activities including, but not limited to: making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, doing homework, throwing high-fives, rockin' out, riding bicycles, getting hyphy/crunk, eating pizza, skateboarding, being kidnapped, just chillin', enlisting in armed services, and using LimeWire.

"70% of individuals noted they use LimeWire more often than they eat pizza." Continued Sherman, "That's just not right.  When I was in school, I ate pizza all-day everyday. Pizza is awesome. Sharing copyrighted material is not awesome."

"At least the results of this study seem slightly more accurate than the other studies we've seen," says EFF senior staff attorney Fred von Lohmann via email. "I'll give them that much."

University students have traditionally been targeted by the RIAA for copyright infringement, beginning with the release of Napster, the first widespread file-sharing service.  Peer-to-peer proponents fear this data will lead to another overwhelming tide of lawsuits aimed at universities and their students.

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