p2pnet.net news:- Recording Industry vs The People is reporting another example of serious RIAA blundering that’s been underway in Tucson, Arizona, since last year.
Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG’s RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) tried to sue another computer illiterate victim.
Acting for Loud Records, Sony BMG Music Entertainment,BMG Music, UMG Recordings and Arista Records, they RIAA claimed Roberto Sanchez was an illegal online distributor of copyrighted music.
It’s the RIAA’s tried and tested way of causing as much grief as it can to families before turning to its real targets, the children.
“In February, 2005, Sanchez was contacted by Plaintiffs’ settlement representatives demanding pre-litigation settlement,” says a court document filed by Sanchez’s lawyer, Edwin Eloy Aguilar of the Karp Heurlin Weiss, going on:
“Sanchez informed the settlement representative, through counsel, that Sanchez did not ever download or make available for distribution any songs, and accordingly refused to settle.”
The RIAA, “acted maliciously and oppressively in that Plaintiffs, even after having been advised of the facts and circumstances of this case, have continued to demand that Sanchez pay money for damages related to acts that he never committed,” says the document.
Having failed to make a case against Sanchez, they went after his daughter.
Last November, the RIAA decided to try to change things, “not to drop the father as a defendant, but to add the daughter,” says Recording Industry vs The People, continuing, “on April 10th of this year, they sought to withdraw their motion and drop the case entirely against the father, without prejudice, indicating an intention to bring a separate suit against the daughter.”
“Unbeknownst to them, however, the day before the Court had granted their motion for leave to amend to add the daughter.
“Defendants thereafter filed an answer and counterclaims to the amended complaint, counterclaiming for (a) a declaratory judgment of non-infringement and (b) money damages for prima facie tort under Arizona law.”
In another case, “In what’s become standard operating procedure, having failed to terrorize Cathy and Barry Merchant into ‘settling’ out of court, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has begun harassing their family”.
“It’s now demanding access to the household computer, saying it’s going after anyone associated with the Merchants who’s, ‘directly or indirectly responsible for the illegal uploading, downloading and distribution of the Record companies’ copyrighted works using Mr. Merchant’s AOL internet account’.”
And in yet another similar case, having accused Kylee Andersen’s mother, Tanya, of being an illicit online music distributor, the Big 4 music cartel wanted to go after 10-year-old Kylee. Face-to-face.
“Was the idea to try to get information from her so they could use it against her mother?” – p2pnet wondered. “Or are they going to claim Kylee herself is another of those “massive online distributors of copyrighted music” who are, according to the multi-billion-dollar Big 4, “devastating” the corporate music industry?
“After all, Kylee was seven when the RIAA first zeroed in on her mother, who’s disabled and who gets by on a pension. And as every online criminal and thief knows, seven is the perfect age to start as an illegal music distributor.”
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