Private: Music downloads and state of the union mix

As you probably know, a judge has ordered Verizon to disclose to the RIAA (even without a pending copyright infringement action) the identity of an Internet subscriber suspected of unauthorized online distribution of several hundred songs. My friend G.W. cannily predicts:

Pretty soon they’ll just mail out mass summonses or something, like traffic tickets issued on the strength of cameras at stoplights. You download, show up at court to contest or pay the fine automatically.

Also, the subtext of next week’s State of the Union address? (Thanks to K.D. for the link.)

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