p2pnet.net News:- Thanks to AOL, the The Big Four Organized Music cartel says it can prove disabled New York mother RaeJ Schwartz had an online account.
And that, claim Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG’s RIAA, is enough to haul her into court.
Schwartz is one of about 20,000 innocent American men, women and children whom the Big Four’s RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) says have been “devastating” its owners by sharing music online.
However, none of the victims have appeared in a court. They either give in to RIAA extortion, “settling,” or their cases are still winding their way through the US judicial system, to the clear advantage of the labels and the distinct disadvantage of the people being sued, all of whom are very ordinary men and women without the financial or legal resources to take the multi-billion-dollar the Big Four on in any meaningful way.
This, in turn, means her request for summary judgment motion would probably be denied, says Ray Beckerman, her lawyer, on Recording Industry vs The People.
Schwartz suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and has no more idea of downloading and distributing music that she does of building a computer, says her defence.
However, expect to see the RIAA soon turn away from her and instead target her daughter, as they’ve done with the children of other women such as Marie Lindor, Patti Santagelo an, Candy Chanthey, initially accused of being “massive” distributors of copyright music.
Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG claims file sharers are “criminals” and “thieves” and that file shared equal sales lost.
However, they’ve never been able demonstrate how their theory, or that it’s an accurate description of actual events.
Meanwhile, with file sharing, no money changes hands, no profits are made, and no one has been, or will be, deprived of anything he or she owned.
Schwartz – RIAA builds new consumer class, November 5, 2006
Recording Industry vs The People – Judge Says No to Rae J. Schwartz Summary Judgment Motion Since RIAA Claims it has Letter from AOL Confirming Infringement, December 5, 2006
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