RIAA Threatened Persecution of 10-Year-Old in Music Pirating Case

This is where your money goes when you buy RIAA protected music. When will consumers have enough?

Posted by Michael Bordash on Wed Jun 27, 2007

The mother of a 10-year-old girl in Oregon has had enough abuse from the RIAA so she is suing them for "abusive legal tactics, threats and illegal spying as part of an overzealous campaign to crack down on music pirating" according to a recent article published in The Oregonian.

In 2005, the RIAA sued Tanya J. Andersen for violating copyright laws by downloading music illegally from the internet. Andersen responded to the claim by proving that she was not the one who downloaded the music. In fact, the settlement arm of the RIAA agreed that her computer was not used to download the music in question.

The suit claims that the RIAA would still not drop the case unless she paid money; a move that would allow them to claim victory. If they were to just drop the case, it would provide incentive for others to defend themselves. In fact, the suit claims that the RIAA threatened her daughter with direct interrogation if she did not pay up. Andersen filed a motion forcing the RIAA to prove that she committed this crime; hours before the RIAA's response was due, they dropped the case.

Now Anderson is on the attack and seeks to recover legal costs from the RIAA. According to the article, "Andersen filed a new suit in U.S. District Court in Oregon last week seeking additional damages from the Recording Industry Association of America, a trade group for recording industry companies that controls 90 percent of the music sold in the United States; the Settlement Support Center; and MediaSentry, a private investigation company that assists the recording industry."

Many sites have been created to help consumers determine where their money goes when they buy music. RIAA Radar empowers consumers by letting them search their database to "instantly distinguish whether an album was released by a member of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)."

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