The long-awaited barrage of lawsuits marks a turning point in the industry’s three-year fight against online song-trading services like Kazaa and the now-defunct Napster, and one of the most controversial moments in the recording industry’s digital history.
After long years avoiding direct conflict with file swappers who might also be record buyers, industry executives said they have lost patience. Monday’s lawsuits are just the first wave of what the group said ultimately could be “thousands more” lawsuits filed over the next few months.
“Our goal is not to be vindictive or punitive,” said RIAA President Cary Sherman. “It is simply to get peer-to-peer users to stop offering music that does not belong to them.”
The lawsuits mark the first time that copyright laws have been used on a mass scale against individual Internet users. Legal actions have been taken on a sporadic basis against operators of
on Fri Apr 18, 2008 09:02 AM from the just-leave-the-summons-on-the-heating-grate dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes “In a Manhattan case, Warner v. Berry, the RIAA sued a man who lives in a homeless shelter, leaving a copy of the summons and complaint not at the homeless shelter, but at an apartment the man had occupied in better times, and had long since vacated. The RIAA’s lawyers were threatened with sanctions by the Magistrate Judge in the case, for making misleading representations to the Court which the Magistrate felt were intentional. The District Judge, however, disagreed with imposing sanctions, giving the RIAA’s lawyers ‘as officers of the Court the benefit of the doubt,’ and instead concluded â€” in his 6-page opinion (PDF) â€” that the RIAA’s lawyers were just being ‘sloppy’ and had not made the misstatements for an improper purpose.'”