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.