Friday, March 14, 2008
A woman who was unsuccessfully sued by the RIAA for alleged music file sharing is countersuing ( I actually blogged about this fact back in 2005). I guess the process has been slow and painful. Her lawyer will be trying to bring to the forefront the tactics that the RIAA use to intimidate people into settling for several thousand dollars, knowing full well that most folks don't have the patience, money, or time to call their bluff and allow the case to go to trial. Up until now, the RIAA have had the luxury of walking away (unpenalized) from these cases when they realize they don't have a leg to stand on. But if this case actually makes it to trial, some potentially embarrassing things could come to light, including methods that border on, or are, illegal. Ergo the reason Ms. Andersen is suing for malicious prosecution (which includes fraud, racketeering, invasion of privacy, libel, slander, deceptive business practices, and violations of the Oregon state RICO Act). I also love the fact that the RIAA has run out of chances to get the case dismissed. So it will either go to trial or be settled. I'm guessing Ms. Andersen will not settle for a small sum. Which spells P.R. disaster for the RIAA either way.
Blog'd by Karl Plesz at 2:51 PM