RIAA rescinds on no more lawsuits promise

By Justin Mann on May 6, 2009, 2:56 PM
Towards the end of last year, the RIAA tried to save a bit of face and perhaps change strategy when they announced that they would cease filing lawsuits against file sharers. They claimed their new strategy would be working with ISPs to send warning letters to customers illegally serving up music, and eventually cut off repeat offenders. Though there was a lot of criticism regarding the plan, which many saw as strong-arming, it was still good to hear that they saw the futility in trying to sue the world.

There was a catch, it seems, as the RIA has continued to file lawsuits against individuals. Apparently the RIAA's definition of ‘new lawsuits’ does not include the innumerable amount of people they had been seeking out, but not yet identified, last year. When questioned about why they are continuing to take people to court, the RIAA has claimed that when these previously-filed “John Doe” cases are converted to named suits, they have no choice in the matter but to move forward with the legal process.

While it may not be strictly “new people” the RIAA is going after, they certainly haven't stopped using the law to hunt down alleged pirates. Given the immense amount of data the RIAA could have amassed since their work with MediaSentry began, it's likely that they will still be taking many more people to court.

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phantasm66 said:
This is all going to come to nothing. Just keep downloading whatever you like and laugh at them.
black_adder said:
yea, they pretty much fail... they're just bringing publicity to P2P, and so more people are realising ALOT of people do it, and try it themselves.Not too many ISP's are going To follow Anyways... getting rid of paying customers was never a very businessy thing to do.That, and people would just join another ISP
Emin3nce said:
The good thing about more people using it, is those who know their way around it will have a much less chance of being detected.
phantasm66 said:
We are inching closer to some system that's decentralised, and completely private, like freenet ( [url]http://freenetproject.org/[/url] ) backed up by new broadband speeds like 200Mbps, for example, which Virgin Media is testing ( http://www.itproportal.com/network/news/article/2009/5/6/vir
in-media-testing-200mbps-cable-broadband/ )As black_adder says, a lot of these stupid RIAA cases just raise the profile of P2P and get more people involved.And as I said, just laugh at them and download whatever you want.
syber said:
When Congress asked Directv why they were suing 30,000 people, directv told congress that they were suing those who stole the programming. They lied to congress then like RIAA lied to congress today. Directv was sued by 31 different states and the states won a 11 million dollar judgment against directv. This for a bait and switch where directv used there DRm to steal customer programming. The people directv sued were those who were the class action members who tried to stop the bait and switch. After contacting the congressional committee I found that Congress doesn't really care if they are lied to when large corporations lie to them. They are indifferent when told they were lied to. You can read more about this one here: [url]http://www.geocities.com/the_syber/index.htm[/url]
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