p2pnet.net news:- It hasn’t been a good day for Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG’s RIAA.
Kylee Andersen’s mother, Tanya, a disabled Oregon woman, is said by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) to have illegally distributed copyrighted music online.
She did no such thing, but it makes another case for the Big 4′s bizarre sue ‘em all marketing campaign, so no matter.
RIAA lawyers had planned to personally interrogate Kylee, who was only seven when the labels first decided to sue her mother, face to face. And they were very clear on this.
But judge Donald Ashmanskas has put an end to that idea. The RIAA can speak with Kylee, he’s ruled, but at her home, and by telephone only.
This is the second time Ashmanskas has put paid to RIAA schemes. Last year he ruled that if the Big 4 enforcement unit wanted a look at Andersen’s computer hard drive, she could hire her own expert, and the RIAA would have to foot the bill.
Nor is Mrs Andersen caving in.
She’s suing the RIAA under the Oregon RICO (Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization) Act.
roundly defeated – New RIAA defeat, March 27, 2007
incriminate her mother – RIAA vs Kylee Andersen, 10, March 27, 2007
illegally distributed – RIAA targets 10-year-old girl, March 25, 2007
put paid – Tanya Andersen vs the RIAA, March 20, 2006
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