p2pnet.net News:- Warner Music (US), EMI (Britain), Vivendi Universal (France) and Sony BMG (Japan and Germany), the members of the Big 4 Organized Music cartel, are in a decidedly awkward position.
They continue to seriously mismanage the p2p file sharing situation, suing their own customers instead of wooing them. And instead of using p2p as a light, and highly manoeuvrable, distribution and marketing vehicle for the digital 21st century, they’ve turned it into a massive dead-weight. The big question now is: how can they unload it with the minimum amount of embarrassment?
The answer would be to simply admit they were wrong, lower their wholesale prices, license the full contents of their catalogues, and let bygones be bygones. Music lovers would be delighted and Big 4 shareholders would see the results positively reflected in dividends. It would also be an amazing PR coup they’d be able to capitalize on for years to come.
And who knows, perhaps someday, they’ll do that, or something close to it?
Meanwhile, they’ll continue their carefully orchestrated victimization of innocent men, women and children around the world, adding to the vast stores of ill-will they’ve already accumulated.
Ray Beckerman’s Recording Industry vs The People, a, “blog devoted to the RIAA’s lawsuits of intimidation brought against ordinary working people,” has also become a repository of many of the US cases, with a smattering of foreign ones.
And as well as providing links to the documentation, he also has a list of lawyers defending lawsuits launched by the Big 4 not only in the US, but also Denmark, Finland France, Hungary, Israel and The Netherlands.
Now he’s gone a step further, providing a directory of cases on a state-by-state basis, with single (so far) Canadian and Dutch examples at the end.
Interscope v. Duty (Arizona)
MGM v. Grokster (C.D. California)
Motown v. Lisberg, (C.D. California)
UMG v. Hummer Winblad (San Francisco, CA)(Case Against Napster Investors)
Universal v. Hogan (San Diego, CA)(MPAA case)
Virgin v. Marson (Central Dist. California, Western Divis.)
Warner v. Maravilla (C.D. California)
Virgin v. Morgan (Pensacola, FL)
Atlantic v. Zuleta (Atlanta, GA)
Elektra v. Harless (Detroit, MI)
Motown v. Nelson (Detroit, MI)
Priority v. Chan (Detroit, MI)(Closed)
Priority v. Chan II (Detroit, MI)
Warner v. Pidgeon (E. D. Michigan, Southern Div.)
Warner v. Scantlebury E.D. Michigan, Southern Division)
Elektra v. McCall (Minnesota)
SONY v. Scimeca (Newark, NJ) (Closed)
Arista v. Lime Wire (New York, NY)(RIAA case against Lime Wire)
Atlantic v. Does 1-25(New York, NY)
Atlantic v. Huggins(Brooklyn, NY)
Atlantic v. Shutovsky (New York, NY)
Elektra v. Barker (New York, NY)
Elektra v. Does 1-9 (Closed)
Elektra v. Santangelo (White Plains, NY)
Elektra v. Santangelo II (White Plains, NY)
Elektra v. Schwartz (Brooklyn, NY)
Interscope v. Does (New York, NY)
Loud v. Does (New York, NY)
Maverick v. Becker (Brooklyn, NY)
Maverick v. Goldshteyn (Brooklyn, NY)
Motown v. Does 1-99 (New York, NY)
SONY v. Does 1-40(New York, NY) SDNY 04cv473(Closed)
UMG v. Lindor (Brooklyn, NY)
Warner v. Cassin (White Plains, NY)
Warner v. Does 1-149 (New York, NY)
BMG v. Does (E. D. Pa. CV 04-650)
Elektra v. Werry (Providence, Rhode Island)
Arista Records v. Greubel (Fort Worth, TX)
Arista v. Tschirhart (San Antonio, TX)
BMG v. Conklin (Pro se case in Houston, TX)
Fonovisa v. Alvarez (Abilene, TX)
SONY v. Arellanes (Sherman, Texas)
SONY v. Crain (Beaumont, Texas)
Warner v. Payne (Waco, TX)
Interscope v. Leadbetter (Seattle, WA)
BMG v. Doe (Canada)
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