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OK, so what happens when the kidlets start getting creative and rather than share ripped music they start taking midi versions of their favorite songs dropping them into something like GarageBand (using Dent du MIDI, this is very easy to do) and rearranging them in there. From that point they can create their own MP3's from the modified midi.

Can the RIAA sue the kidlets for sharing music that the kidlets produced themselves?

Check out http://www.macidol.com/ or more specifically this link from that site...

http://www.macidol.com:80/jamroom/play.php?band_id=71&song_id=428&mode=song_hifi

Also have a look at...

http://www.icompositions.com/

And you will see people creating music from midi files...

So what do you think the RIAA will say about that?
 

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If they're clearly just for personal use, I doubt they'll bite, but if someone tried to sell their track for cash (improbable at best), the RIAA lawyers would be all over the case like a hungry dog to a bone.
 

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In these cases (copyright infringement) - there has to be incentive for someone to launch a law suit. If the existence of the music in question is hurting somebody's established business or reputation (or...?) or is percieved to be- they may feel its worth suing. I don't think this is likely unless the music in question is both generating a lot of sales; and is clearly a rip-off of a pre-existing work.

There is, however, the likelihood of zealous and overprotective measures being taken by representatives of "the industry" in certain cases. This is ongoing. Representatives of "the industry" (producers, publishers, distributors) mostly profit from control of sales - so that is where you're going to see the most protectionism. Songwriters are always ripping each other off anyway - it's always been the way. They call it flattery.
 
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