RIAA Fights to Keep Wholesale Pricing Secret

UMG vs. Marie Lindor is one of few cases where the defendant is fighting, instead of settling with the RIAA. The record labels consider pricing information (believed to be ~70¢ per track) as a trade secret and are against Lindor's attempts to gain access to it. Lindor's attorney Ray Beckerman, argues that the only reason the labels want to keep this information under lock and key is to "serve their strategic objectives for other cases." If granted, the proposed order would force the labels to turn over pricing and volume information regarding contracts with their 12 largest customers. Lindor makes the argument that the damages sought by the RIAA are excessive: as usual, the labels are seeking damages of $750 per song shared. Lindor argues that the actual damages suffered by the RIAA are in line with the wholesale price per song (between $2.80 and $7.00).

News source: Ars Technica

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as usuall the RIAA is out of line... i hope that marie person wins! ;)

cause 750dollars per song is insane ammount to ask for cause if u got like 1000+ songs @ 750 dollars per song thats like 750grand which is clearly unreasonable.... and it's obvious that RIAA is there just to line there own pockets... there a organization that should not even exsist ... or atleast it needs a major overhaul.

RIAA should not be able to sue for more than 5 bucks a song TOPS.... cause lets face it, a average joe if they where to get sued for like 5000 dollars thats not pocket change and will most likely screw up there life pretty good.... and if it's 10000+ dollars that could ruin there lifes and it's just a bunch of songs it aint like it's something super serious either.

Part of the American capitalist legal system is the right of full disclosure in litigation disputes. The RIAA represents these huge American monopoly distributors and part of the price they pay for their success is transparency. This is a LONG time in coming...and should be very interesting.

Wholesale price???? Are you ****ign kidding me? They pay jack**** to the artists who actually make the music, most of the money goes to them and for what? Producing, editing, and in the internets case theres not distrobution cost but that can be replaced by the cost of lawyers for sueing their customers. Im glad someone finally fought the RIAA in court and if they ever sue me Ill do the exact same thing. I hope thye rott in hell.