Industry Update: RIAA Sued by California Resident
In what may indicate the beginning of public upheaval, a California resident has filed suit against the RIAA. In related news, 12 year old in New York settles RIAA lawsuit. More right here.
Following the RIAA's ridiculous amnesty program announced last week, California resident Eric Parke filed suit on Tuesday September 9th, 2003 against the RIAA on behalf of the general public of his state.
The lawsuit claims that RIAA's Amnesty program, giving illegal MP3 distributors the opportunity to step forward without legal repercussion, is a misleading and fraudulent business practice.
The suit claims that the RIAA's Amnesty program is "designed to induce members of the general public...to incriminate themselves and provide the RIAA and others with actionable admissions of wrongdoing under penalty of perjury while (receiving)...no legally binding release of claims...in return,". According to Ira Rothken, Parke's attorney, the RIAA's program provides no real amnesty for file swappers.
The RIAA has taken the first steps in destroying the royal image it has created for itself by targeting individuals in 261 distinct lawsuits filed this week. The RIAA has lost control of the music world, and these actions are the result of the caged tiger mentality. It is fighting a losing battle and will drag the public down with it if it has to.
The RIAA is expected to release 1000s more lawsuits in the coming months.
Perhaps the most perplexing case of them all, the RIAA settled its first case with Brianna Lahara, a 12-year-old New York resident. According to CNET, the recording industry agreed to drop its case against the preteen in exchange for $2,000.
In response to this settlement, P2P United, a peer-to-peer industry trade group will reimburse Brianna Lahara and her mother's payment to the Recording Industry Association of America.
"We do not condone copyright infringement, but someone has to draw the line to call attention to a system that permits multinational corporations with phenomenal financial and political resources to strong-arm 12-year-olds and their families in public housing the way this sorry episode dramatizes," Adam Eisgrau, the executive director of P2P United, said.
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· Full Coverage from CNET
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