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America: Land of the Free?

April 15th, 2007

As an outsider (I’m Canadian) looking at the United States of America, I’m always a little baffled by the phrase “Land of the Free” as it relates to our neighbours to the South.

There’s no arguing that the US Bill of Rights has some of the best language around freedom in the world. The first amendment protects freedom of speech, of religion and of the press, and these are all definitely good things.

Coming from Canada, I look at the guaranteed language protecting freedoms in the US with a bit of envy, but that envy is curtailed by the reality of speech south of the 49th parallel.

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The RIAA seems obsessed with suing anyone and everyone who has ever had anything to do with downloading music from peer-to-peer services. Sometimes, they even sue people who haven’t done anything, because that’s just the way they are.
Music + Ears = Money

If the RIAA were to stop and actually look at what they’re doing, though, they’d have little choice but to come to the realization that they’re looking to the wrong side of the law when it comes to their ultimate goal; selling music.

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