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RIAA sued over details of its amnesty program

Suit calls 'Clean Slate' program unlawful, unfair, deceptive

Just two days after taking legal action against the first 261 of thousands of digital music pirates, the RIAA is on the receiving end of a suit over the amnesty program it is offering.

Marin County resident Eric Parke claims in his suit that the Recording Industry Assn. of America’s “Clean Slate” program is “unlawful, unfair and deceptive.”

The suit alleges that despite publicity to the contrary, the music industry trade group can share the identifying information and admission of guilt of those who sign up for amnesty with government officials pursuing criminal charges or other copyright owners who might sue.

“Apparently no good deed goes unpunished,” an RIAA rep quipped in response to the charges.

Meanwhile, the trade org has released results of a poll it commissioned, which found 52% of the public supports its new legal enforcement policy against individuals, while 21% oppose it.

Study also found continued publicity has helped increase the percentage of people who know trading copyrighted content online is against the law — but that number is still only at 58%, leaving plenty yet to get the message.

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