The long running saga continues ...http://p2pnet.net/story/6619
Another 'Jane Doe' wants an RIAA action, designed to force her ISP to hand over personal information, thrown out of a Manhattan court.
EMI Group (UK), Vivendi Universal (France), Sony BMG (Japan, Germany) and Warner Music (US) together make up the Organized Music cartel which uses subpoenas from its RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) to gain information on people it claims are causing serious damage to its members' bottom lines by sharing digital music files with each other.
In a similar case, New York judge Robert W. Sweet turned down an appeal to have an RIAA demand for the identity of a Jane Doe quashed. He agreed with cartel lawyers that "continuing infringement" from the date of the cartel complaint was enough justification to name the woman.
Once a label scalp hunter gets an ID, it sells the information to the cartel which then attempts to blackmail the newly identified victims into paying a 'settlement' fee.
None of the so far 14,800 victims has seen the inside of a court because they have no chance of standing up to the multi-billion-dollar music industry, allowing the cartel to characterize them as criminals, with the help of the mainstream media which report RIAA releases as though they come from a credible source.
Folks I have a great plan... Register you details with the ISP as Cary Sherman, see how he likes it. :twisted:
Seriously though, to use the legal system to extort money is wrong, what is even more infuriating is that they buy politicians to get law changes so that we have to pay for it also, leaving the record companies free to harass old and handicapped folks as well as children, with phone calls demanding they admit they are guilty or face a billion dollar bully.