RIAA Blasts PCMag.com Over Limewire Article
PCMag.com, a respected tech journal, wrote about its experience. They described how, after writing an article about the demise of LimeWire (it has since been resurrected), they received a letter from the RIAA and many other signatories that said they were deeply disappointed by the article.
The article, titled LimeWire is Dead: What Are the Alternatives? indeed pointed out alternatives to the P2P service, although PCMag.com did put the disclaimer "PCMag does not condone the download of copyrighted or illegal material" into the article. The execs who signed the letter did not believe that statement rang true, saying "The disclaimer in the first, 'PC Magazine does not condone the download of copyrighted or illegal material,' rings hollow to say the least."
At any rate, this is precisely the type of thing that could happen more often if COICA were to pass, draconian attempts or even removing sites from the DNS system because they write about something P2P-related or link to a P2P site. By the way, the letter also asked PCMag.com to retract the article. They will not, they say. Here is the full text of the letter.