Those countermeasures could cross ``into a gray area as far as legality,'' admits another record executive who asked not to be named. He said frustrated record label employees could resort to such measures as propagating viruses, rationalizing `` `Hey, if you don't mind stealing my career and livelihood, I'm sure you don't mind if I destroy your hard drive.' ''
See also this related story.
I thought that people went to jail for deliberately sabotaging networks. Meanwhile, the feds just set the royalty rate for streaming music on the internet, and it seems artificially high. Now it turns out that the rate was based on a Yahoo/RIAA contract that was intended to squeeze out small operators, according to the Yahoo exec who negotiated the deal.
See also Why Napster was a Good Thing.