RIAA Targets Locals in New Round of File-Sharing Lawsuits

Ever-extending the RIAA-Darth Vader implications, the RIAA is squeezing its fists tighter to try and wring every last penny it can from citizens in a media landscape they still can’t even begin to comprehend has evolved right the fuck past them. The RIAA is pathetic, and the Gate has a good piece on what the RIAA’s doing to start screwing a few locals, snip:

The recording industry filed another round of lawsuits this week, targeting three Bay Area residents it says illegally downloaded songs such as Sheryl Crow’s “My Favorite Mistake” and Whitney Houston’s “Didn’t We Almost Have It All.”

The latest suits are among the more than 21,000 legal cases the Recording Industry Association of America, a group representing the major record labels, has initiated since September 2003, part of an ongoing, aggressive effort to halt online music piracy.

(…) Named in this week’s suit are Raul Buenrostro of San Jose, Chad Decker of Pinole and Dawn Pool of Santa Rosa. They could not be reached for comment.

But according to court documents, they downloaded tunes such as Nirvana’s “All Apologies,” No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” and Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” using LimeWire on the Gnutella network.

Two years ago, Tanya Anderson, a disabled mother of a 7-year-old daughter in Oregon, was sued by the RIAA for downloading songs such as “Bullet in the Head” and “I Stab People.” Anderson maintained that she had been misidentified and the case was ultimately dropped. Last week, she filed a class action suit, charging that the RIAA had used inappropriate tactics to locate the offender and that the group harassed her when she refused to settle the case.

“They’re flawed. They fail often. They misidentify people,” said Lory Lybeck, the attorney representing Anderson. “This campaign has failed pitifully, except in reflecting badly on the recording industry and really turning people’s lives inside out.”


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