RIAA blocked from accessing person's hard drive

By Justin Mann on October 27, 2006, 8:16 PM
In a small victory for personal rights in the never ending battle of copyright violations, a recent court decision has blocked the RIAA from confiscating a defendant's hard drive. The lawsuit was filed by Sony and several other companies against a downloader, and during the course of the case they attempted to get unrestricted access to the person's hard drive, regardless of what content might be on it. Of course, many were outraged by this, considering the amount of personal material that can be stored on any one person's drives.

Instead, a 3rd party forensics group has to be brought in to look for evidence of copyright violation. The ruling will probably impact future cases, since RIAA and companions seem relentless in their struggle against individual downloaders.

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9Nails said:
This should have been done a long time ago when RIAssA first started suing the public. They should have an independent verify 3 things, 1. That the file share application is installed and configured with the captured username, 2. that the media matches the same CRC as what they originally detected. 3. that the media is truly being shared with the Internet. There shouldn't even be a case if these things are not a match.I fully agree with the defendant's lawyer on this... The RIAssA's shoot first, aim later approach to copyright lawsuits is a horrendous way to accuse the public of stealing.I'm glad a judge finally has the smarts to see this long overdue ruling.
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