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Judge criticized RIAA in decision

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 24 Sep 2007 18:48 User comments (4)

Judge criticized RIAA in decision The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has become most known amongst consumers as being the trade organization that seeks out and sues sharers of music owned by the media companies it represents. Up until recently, the RIAA was staying on top of its pursuit of P2P pirated until they were handed some unfavorable situations or decisions. Most people sued by the RIAA opt to avoid going to court and settle with the trade group for a few thousand dollars.
We reported recently about Tanya Andersen's demand and receipt of attorneys fees after the RIAA dropped a file sharing case against her after two years. Judge Donald Ashmanskas said that the RIAA was unable to obtain, or chose not to produce significant usable evidence against the defendant. He commented that the case was unjustified as a reasonable exploration of the boundaries of copyright law as the RIAA seeks to avoid any major decisions on any significant issues.

He commented that if the trade group is allowed to continue with this process, "members of the public would be more hesitant to use the Internet to share creative works in general, regardless of whether their specific conduct violated copyright law or occupied an area yet to be addressed by copyright law."


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4 user comments

128.9.2007 18:38

Where I do send money to re-elect Don?

228.9.2007 19:02

Don, his family and anyone who knows him will now become the target of the MPAA and the RIA.

328.9.2007 22:05

Big thumbs up to this judge.

43.10.2007 10:59

Finally, Justice! Hopefully this will be a turning point in the battle against these a-holes. I keep saying if more people fought back the RIAA and MIAA wouldn't be able to keep their feet under them. They would go bankrupt in the first few months.

So let this be a lesson to anyone who is sued by one of the forementioned. Fight, sue back and prevail!

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