Another nail in fair use’s coffin

A tech company in Arizona was shaken down for $1,000,000 by the RIAA’s lawyers as a punishment for allowing its employees to put their MP3 collections on a communal server so that they could all listen to each others’ tunes. This isn’t Napster — this is playing your favorite music for your co-workers. Would the RIAA have had a case if the employees had kept a communal bin for their CD collections? The alarming thing is that the RIAA is holding itself up as a champion of fair use, as an appropriate arbiter of new technologies. They make my skin crawl. Link Discuss (Thanks, Amanda!)