Yesterday, the Recording Industry Association of America, or RIAA, won a verdict against a woman from Minnesota, one of 26,000 Americans who have been sued over the past four years for illegal downloading.

This NYT article makes no mention of the songs she was downloading, but, according to the London Times, she was a big fan of Swedish death metal act Opeth.

I’m sure that plenty of folks will be wondering what this means for the industry and consumers, but here’s what I want to know: why did the Times article put quotes around death metal, a genre that is 20 years old, if not older? Would anyone do that to “indie rock” or “world music”?

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