RIAA PAID ITS LAWYERS $16 MILLION IN 2008 TO RECOVER $391,000




The RIAA's "business plan" is even worse than I'd guessed it was, reports

Ray Beckerman at his blog. (Read it here: <Recording Industry vs. The People>.)


The RIAA paid Holmes Roberts & Owen $9.3 million in 2008, Jenner & Block

more than $7 million and Cravath Swain & Moore $1.25 million, to pursue its

"copyright infringement" claims, in order to recover a mere $391,000. (P.S.

here were many other law firms feeding at the trough too; these were just

the ones listed among the top five independent contractors.)


As bad as it was, I guess it was better than the numbers for 2007, in which

more than $21 million was spent on legal fees, and $3.5 million on

"investigative operations"... presumably MediaSentry. And the amount

recovered was $515,929.


And 2006 was similar: they spent more than $19 million in legal fees and

more than $3.6 million in "investigative operations" expenses to recover

$455,000.


So all in all, for a three-year period, they spent around $64 million in

legal and investigative expenses to recover around $1,361,000.