p2pnet.net News:- Patti Santangelo, the lone New York mother who decided she wasn’t going to be terrorized by the multi-billion-dollar Big 4 Organized Music cartel’s RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), has won her battle.
But her victory is bitter because it still leaves two of her children, Michelle and Bobby, directly in the line of fire from Warner Music (US), EMI (Britain), Vivendi Universal (France) and Sony BMG (Japan and Germany).
And the case was dropped without prejudice meaning the Big 4 can re-boot it any time the fancy takes them, as Recording Industry vs The People points out.
“Her story gained traction when she lost her first lawyer and proclaimed she’d fight the RIAA by herself, leading to a flurry of legal donations from RIAA-loathing groups and individuals the world over,” says ” says Techdirt.
The story doesn’t say so, but the ” flurry of legal donations,” amounting to $14,529.77 as I write this, came largely from p2pnet readers. And what makes this particularly interesting is p2pnet isn’t an American site. It’s Canadian.
There were a lot of Nay-sayers suggesting the contributions were a waste of money. But they weren’t. They helped to keep Patti and her pro bono lawyer, Jordan Glass, in the fight.
Be that as it may, with Glass also acting for Michelle and Bobby, anything left over from Patti’s Fight Goliath fund will go towards disbursements for their legal battle.
Will the Big 4 now similarly abandon the case against RaeJ Schwartz, the woman with multiple sclerosis, or against any of the thousands of other equally innocent men, women and children it’s terrorizing around the world in its ridiculous sue ‘em all marketing campaign?
And while you’re thinking about that, think about these five points raised by Glass:
Do you want to live in a country where it’s acceptable that the federal government and big businesses are notified to protect them from falling in to legal traps, but where individuals are not so protected or warned?
Do you want to live in a country where laws such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act protect ISPs and the RIAA, but create traps for individuals, in particular those who aren’t technically superior (forget about merely “savvy”)?
Do you want to live in a country where you’re legally responsible and liable for the acts of others, when you *can’t know* what they’re doing, and, in the case of computers, where even if you were able to watch, you wouldn’t understand unless you had specific technical training?
Do you want to live in a country where you’re legally responsible and liable for the acts of trespassers whose actions are invisible to you?
Do you want to live in a country where you’re legally responsible and liable for all of the above, when those who control the flow of information have the capacity, capability, power, right, authority, technology, know-how, scientific and technological acumen – and virtually limitless money – are free to ignore the problem they created, and instead place the burden, blame, financial and legal responsibility on people who have neither the right nor the know-how to protect themselves against the problem?
Stay tuned. There’s a lot more to come.
Jon Newton – p2pnet
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Michelle – Michelle Santangelo: I’m no thief, December 8, 2006
line of fire – Us, Them, p2p and file sharing, December 9, 2006
Techdirt – RIAA Drops Case It Can’t Make Against Mom After Bleeding Her Dry — Focuses On Suing Kids, December 19, 2006.
Recording Industry vs The People – RIAA Drops Case Against Patti Santangelo, December 19, 2006
RaeJ Schwartz – RIAA builds new consumer class, November 20, 2006
five points – Santangelo lawyer speaks out, November 11, 2006