Archive for June, 2008

29
Jun
08

RIAA sues 261 file swappers

clipped from news.cnet.com

RIAA sues 261 file swappers

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
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29
Jun
08

12-Year-Old Sued for Music Downloading

clipped from www.foxnews.com

12-Year-Old Sued for Music Downloading
NEW YORK— The music industry has turned its big legal guns on Internet music-swappers — including a 12-year-old New York City girl who thought downloading songs was fun.

Brianna LaHara said she was frightened to learn she was among the hundreds of people sued yesterday by giant music companies in federal courts around the country.

“I got really scared. My stomach is all turning,” Brianna said last night at the city Housing Authority apartment where she lives with her mom and her 9-year-old brother.

“I thought it was OK to download music because my mom paid a service fee for it. Out of all people, why did they pick me?”

TheRecording Industry Association of America (search)— a music-industry lobbying group behind the lawsuits — couldn’t answer that question.

“We are taking each individual on a case-by-case basis,” said RIAA spokeswoman Amy Weiss.

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29
Jun
08

RIAA Sues Homeless Man

clipped from news.slashdot.org

RIAA Sues Homeless Man

Posted by
kdawson
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 — in his 6-page opinion (PDF) — that the RIAA’s lawyers were just being ‘sloppy’ and had not made the misstatements for an improper purpose.'”
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