RIAA Says It Doesn't Target Small Downloaders

The Recording Industry Association of America has told Sen. Norm Coleman that it is not going after small violators in its campaign against online music swappers.

The RIAA's written assurance was made in response to questions Coleman sent to the group over its tactics, which he has labeled "excessive." Coleman, chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs' Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, plans to hold hearings on the RIAA's campaign.

"RIAA is in no way targeting 'de minimis' users," wrote Cary Sherman, the group's president, in a letter the subcommittee released Monday. "RIAA is gathering evidence and preparing lawsuits only against individual computer users who are illegally distributing a substantial amount of copyrighted music."

They wouldn't lie to a senator, would they? Details here.