Marx and Moby Defend Illegal Downloader

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And now for a cautionary tale about what happens when one illegally downloads music on the Internet: Richard Marx will be right here waiting for you. Jammie Thomas-Rasset was just a mom who liked file-sharing, but then she got caught. The RIAA decided to make an example of her and has fined her $1.92 million for illegally downloading 24 songs off the Kazaa network. Two of the artists whose music Thomas-Rasset downloaded, Richard Marx and Moby, are now speaking out in support of her and calling the exorbitant fine “a farce.” Marx said in a statement:

“As a longtime professional songwriter, I have always objected to the practice of illegal downloading of music. I have also always, however, been sympathetic to the average music fan, who has been consistently financially abused by the greedy actions of major labels … Holding Ms. Thomas-Rasset accountable for the continuing daily actions of hundreds of thousands of people is, at best, misguided and at worst, farcical. Her accountability itself is not in question, but this show of force posing as judicial come-uppance is clearly abusive. Ms. Thomas-Rasset, I think you got a raw deal, and I’m ashamed to have my name associated with this issue.”

Moby then remixed what Marx already said, by writing on his website, “Charging $80,000 per song? Punishing people for listening to music is exactly the wrong way to protect the music business.”

The RIAA is willing to negotiate a deal with Thomas-Rasset, but right now the biggest question on our minds is who downloads a Richard Marx song these days? [Source: Rolling Stone; Photos: FilmMagic and Getty Images]

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