Boston students ask RIAA case to be thrown out

By Justin Mann on April 10, 2008, 3:44 PM
MediaSentry, the company that provides the means to the RIAA for identifying and locating media sharers, has already received bad press in the past for their controversial actions. In August of last year, a counter suit against the RIAA was brought up due to MediaSentry's tactics which were cited as being illegal. In one instance, back in January, it led to a cease and desist order from state police in Massachusetts against MediaSentry, barring them from continuing to perform investigations.

Now it seems they have violated that order and continued to probe much to the chagrin of the people under investigation. Due to this, a group of students in Boston are now trying to get the RIAA's case thrown out, claiming that they are getting so-called “evidence” by illegal means.

Every day that goes by, the RIAA seems intent on driving a wedge deeper between them and the people who actually make the music industry possible and profitable. The Internet will undoubtedly continue to grow as a preferred distribution medium for music and this never ending barrage of lawsuits is only a sign that the RIAA cannot adapt, despite of having some of its major members signing up on online initiatives not as a group but as individual firms.

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icye said:
It should be made clear that 'the internet will undoubtedly continue to grow as a preferred distribution medium for music' refers to LEGAL downloads where people pay for the songs and NOT the illegal downloads such as those from p2p, ftp, etc.Both sides are wrong, people who download stuff illegally and the RIAA's way of handling this matter.[Edited by icye on 2008-04-10 16:14:36]
thejedislayer said:
If you can't afford a freaking dollar per song from say iTunes, then go to and listen to it for free. Heck, Rhapsody offers millions of songs for about 13 bucks a month. There are other alternatives to listening to music and getting what you want, rather than stealing it.As goes for the RIAA. Well, I give them a good solid five years before they're really hurting. I have no idea why the ****** can't conform to the new age of business, etc. Get with the program or lose it.
jesse_hz said:
RIAA isn't already hurting? Wasn't there an article about them not paying their lawyers earlier this year?
icye said:
Not necessary, the RIAA has powerful allies in US government in their pocket which is bad news for colleges and universities. In a nutshell, the RIAA wants the government to stop funding any college or university that allows illegal file sharing. The 'poor' student argument doesn't work because I'm sure they can have a few less Starbucks coffees or going out to the restaurants and can pay the 13 dollars flat fee for unlimited downloads.
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