p2pnet.net News:- The Big Four Organized Music cartel’s attempt to railroad Paul Wilke, a 52-year-old Illinois man it claims was illicitly distributing copyrighted music online, has now fallen completely flat on its face, reports Recording Industry vs The People.
The cartel, comprising EMI (Britain), Vivendi Universal (France) and Sony BMG (Japan and Germany), with Warner Music as the only US record label, has been using its so-called Recording Industry Association of America to pillory Wilke.
Had they succeeded, he would have joined the almost 20,000 innocent men, women and even young children who are currently being victimized under the bizarre music industry sue ‘em all marketing scheme.
“With the plaintiffs bringing hundreds upon hundreds of cases through the courts each month, they’re bound to mistakenly bring cases against innocent individuals with their drift net litigation tactics,” his lawyer, Daliah Saper, told p2pnet in August.
Holme Roberts & Owen, the ‘trade’ organization’s lawyers, also spelled Wilke’s name incorrectly. But Wilke’s young law team, Saper Law Offices based in Chicago, got everything right and now the RIAA is being forced to eat humble pie. Once again.
When the RIAA laid the allegations, Willkes told the organization’s lawyers he had no idea what they were talking about.
None of the songs named were on his computer ‘illegally,’ in any way ‘illegal’, he said, repeatedly insisting they’d been ripped from CDs he’d bought and paid for.
Wilke even hired a systems expert to help him.
Meanwhile, the Big Four enforcer could easily have avoided ending up with egg on its face had it performed its due dilgence properly, says Saper.
“Everything in the motion for summary judgment was presented to them before we filed it, and I was very clear to the RIAA attorneys that this case was an exception,” she says. “If they’d needed further information, Paul Wilke would have gladly cooperated.
“But they didn’t ask.”
railroad Paul Wilke – New RIAA p2p blunder, October 3, 2006
Recording Industry vs The People – RIAA Drops Wilke Case in Chicago, October 13, 2006
young law team – The RIAA vs The ‘A’ Team, September 12, 2006