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The 'We're Not Taking Any More' club

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 19 Sep 2005 19:51 User comments (6)

The 'We're Not Taking Any More' club Jon Newton at p2pnet has been busy lately covering RIAA lawsuit victims who continue to claim their innocence and are willing to stand up to the big four major record labels instead of being forced to settle. He has completed an excellent article covering several lawsuit victims and their situations. It's an excellent read for anyone on either side of the music downloading debate. Here's an extract of the introduction...
An unusual, extremely expensive, international online club is starting to form.

Its first member was Patricia Santangelo, a single New York mother of five.

Next came Dawnell Leadbetter, another single mother, this time from the Seattle area. If you’re a regular p2pnet reader, you’ll recognize both of the above names.

The third member was someone you haven't met before: Tanya Andersen (right), a single mother who's living in Oregon and who's seriously disabled with a painful medical condition. She and her eight-year-old daughter get by on social security payments.

By now, you'll have probably guessed the club members are all women being brutally victimized by EMI, Universal, Warner and Sony BMG, the huge, multi-billion-dollar record label cartel that's using its immense financial and political weight and deep, dark connections to law enforcement agencies in a bizarre marketing scheme.

Instead of wooing customers, it's suing them and so far, it's clocked up close to 14,000 people.

But the significance of the three women isn't that they're among the unfortunate victims.

Rather, they stand out because they're standing up, defying the Mafia-like labels and their teams of hired legal thugs who work through 'Settlement Centers' which aim to terrorize people into paying 'fees' which usually start out at $7,500 to be 'negotiated' down to around $3,500.

Do you think the superlatives victimize, brutal, terrorize and bizarre are too strong?

They're not strong enough.

Read the rest of this article at p2pnet and don't forget to leave a comment.


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6 user comments

119.9.2005 23:25

Suhweet!!!! I SO hope that those woman and ANYONE else who are fighting the major corporations win. I read the court excerpt on Patricia Santangelo's case and I got to say...the judge is definately looking in her favor, cause I have with him...these lawsuits are nothing more than tired @ss excuses for the label companies crying foul. Tell you is a number for the major entertainment companies to call in case they want to have someone listen to them. 555-911-FYOU There you go!

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220.9.2005 8:21

It's a noble stance these women are taking and I truly hope they succeed but as regards to the introduction given to this article by Dela, a wry smile formed on my face when I read the phrase "It's an excellent read for anyone on either side of the music downloading debate". Which sides of the debate would that be? Those who download from eDonkey and those who download from Ares? Phrases such as "all women being brutally victimized by EMI, Universal, Warner and Sony BMG", "defying the Mafia-like labels and their teams of hired legal thugs" and "aim to terrorize people into paying 'fees'" are hardly bi-partisan statements now are they Dela. Anyway, i'm not having a go at you, just a bit of a chuckle to myself.

321.9.2005 17:15

chickenb, those are Jon N's words. ;)

421.9.2005 17:33

The phrases I quoted from the article are Jon Newton's words, yes, but the introduction to this article i.e. everything before the italics, was written by Dela, and it was Dela's statement that "It's an excellent read for anyone on either side of the music downloading debate" that I found amusing when compared to the quotations from the Jon Newton article. Anyway, I didn't mean my post to be malicious.

522.9.2005 9:48

If that victimized mother who is on disability would only file a discrimination suit I am sure she’d win by a land slide. Its about time that a judge, lawyer, or major consumer lobbyist group sees the RIAA for what it truly is and that is a Mofia. I’ll stay tuned indeed.

64.10.2005 19:23

Go Patricia, Go Dawnell, Go Tanya, Go to all who stand up and say it's not fair and I won't pay without a fight!

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