p2pnet news view | Kids & Kartels:- There’s never been any question of Tanya Andersen, an Oregon mother who lives on a medical pension, or her lawyer, Lory Lybeck, rolling over for Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG’s RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).
The RIAA has been pushing her since Day One of its attempt to get her to settle out of court after it wrongly accused her of illegally distributing copyrighted music online.
Her disability forced her to quit her job and she was on the verge of returning to work when the RIAA went after her and, of the many and various case the RIAA has brought against alleged file sharing victims, this has to be one of the most transparently egregious.
There’s no question that Andersen has infringed anyone’s copyright, the non-existent civil ‘crime’ she’s accused of.
It’s established procedure for the RIAA to first attack a parent or parents, knowing full well there’s no real case for them to answer, later turning on their real targets, the children of the family.
None of the RIAA victims have the financial or legal resources to match those of the RIAA, and it knows that, hoping its victims will therefore settle out of court for something they didn’t do.
And not one of the people who’ve refused to pay the extortion – the majority – has yet been before a judge or a jury.
In the Andersen case, there isn’t even a teenager to go after, not that that matters to the RIAA which has attacked children as young as 12.
So the RIAA singled out Andersen’s daughter, Kylee, who’s only 10, for special attention.
Andersen, who’s already named the RIAA in a RICO suit, and Lybeck, also lodged counterclaims of Electronic Trespass, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Invasion of Privacy, Fraud, Negligent Misrepresentation, the tort of Outrage, and Deceptive Business Practices under Oregon Trade Practices Act, says Recording Industry vs The People.
Now, the RIAA is trying to have them dismissed.
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