p2pnet.net news:- “Plaintiffs claim Michelle admitted to downloading and uploading Plaintiffs’ copyrighted sound recordings … However, that is not what Michelle said and it is certainly not what she meant. Of course, with RIAA’s counsel physically beating on the table, slamming down post-it notes with question after question … and scaring Michelle out of her seat, sending her crying from the room, she did not know which way was up for dozens of questions.”
Michelle is Michelle Santangelo. She’s 20, now, but she was only 16 when the RIAA first decided she’d make a perfect subject for its sue ‘em all campaign, and in its latest ugly move, the RIAA wants to put a little girl literally half Michelle’s age through the same misery.
The intro is a small clip from a submission from Michelle’s lawyer, Jordan Glass, to New York judge Colleen McMahon.
The Santangelos have become the poster family for American victims of the Big 4 music cartel’s sue ‘em all marketing campaign under which Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG are using their RIAA to try to terrorise people into buying their music ‘product,’ and only theirs, and dominate music distribution online.
Michelle, her brother Bobby [now 16, but 12 when he was first singled out] and mother Patti are all massive illegal distributors of copyrighted music online and as such are criminals and thieves, assert RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) lawyers.
The allegations are complete rubbish, but they’re enough to have reduced Santangelo family life to a living hell where they don’t know what’s going to happen from one day to the next.
And now the RIAA wants to put little Kylee Andersen, who’s only 10, through the same terrible experience.
Acting for Big 4 companies Atlantic Recording, Priority Records, Capitol Records UMG Music and BMG Music, the RIAA wants to, “take the deposition of Kylee Andersen, and should be allowed to take the deposition in person,” it says.
The process is the same one which reduced Michelle to tears.
“To be deposed is to be questioned by a lawyer or lawyers under oath,” I say here. “And in cases such as the ones being brought by the RIAA, it’s guaranteed to be a fearsome experience – certainly not one any child of 10 should be exposed to except in the most extreme circumstances.
“But that’s what the RIAA has lined up for Kylee Andersen, who was only seven when the Big 4 first sicced their RIAA on her mother, Tanya, a disabled woman living on benefits.”
“I am very upset they want to depose my daughter,” her mother told me, going on:
I feel it will be a traumatizing situation for her and the thought makes me ill. They have already examined my hard drive and their own expert found nothing. I never did what they are accusing. There has been no one in my household that has done it. They have made a huge error.
This has been going on now for two and a half years and has turned my life upside down.
It continues to be a huge source of stress and chaos in my life. I certainly don’t feel like a free human being at this point because it just continues to go on and on–it doesn’t seem to matter what proof I give them or what questions I’ve answered for them.
Recently, I moved. Within one month of living in my new residence, I got word that these people were calling my apartment manager to verify I lived here and wanted to serve a subpoena. Come to find out, they were trying to serve my daughter.
This was extremely frightening to me, not to mention embarrassing and humiliating.
I am extremely worried about this situation with my daughter.
I can’t help but wonder why the RIAA feels it’s okay to continue going after a person who has not done what they are accusing. I constantly wonder why this is allowed to be happening? I wonder how the people who are planning on doing the deposition would feel if this was their child and someone was doing the same?
Tanya and Kylee are pictured above left with their dog, Tazz. Happier days.
Jon Newton – p2pnet
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