p2pnet.net news:- A Florida woman, Suzy Del Cid, has accused Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG’s RIAA of extortion and computer fraud.
The RIAA Settlement Support Center involved in her case is, she says, “a company organized for the sole purpose of contacting prospective defendants and demanding that they pay thousands of dollars each to avoid the prospect of a federal lawsuit against them.”
Says Recording Industry vs The People, Del Cid is charging the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) with:
- Computer Fraud and Abuse (18 USC 1030)
- Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices (Fla. Stat. 501.201)
- Civil Extortion.
“As part of this campaign of extortion, Plaintiffs enhance the intimidation factor by actually filing suit in a number of instances with no prior warning,” says a court document, going on:
These suits are designed to attract media attention, and often do, as stories emerge of Plaintiffs’ suits against the elderly, disabled, technologically clueless, and other vulnerable victims. Many of these victims have no idea how to operate a computer, let alone how to install and use peer-to-peer networking software to exchange music they would not likely be listening to anyway. But actual innocence is rarely a consideration to Plaintiffs.”
Through, “various concerted efforts and cartels, control or attempt to control the channels of creation, distribution, and sale of musical works
throughout the United States and the world,” he says, behold his client, adding:
“They are not artists, songwriters, or musicians. They did not write or record the songs.”
There appear to be a number of so-called ‘settlement’ centres scattered around the US, all designed to look like official departments legally entitled to demand payments from Big 4 victims in return for supposed immunity from prosecution.
People who deal with these centres. Not only end up paying extortionate amounts to them, they also provide an with personal information which could conceivably be used against them at some future date.
p2pnet reader Rudolph I. A. Amperage tracked one such to Seattle. It was registered to Robert S. Over.
Demanding a trial by jury, Del Cid is represented by Michael Alex Wasylik.
Recording Industry vs The People – RIAA Accused of Extortion and Conspiracy in Tampa, Florida, case, UMG v. Del Cid, June 4, 2007
tracked one – Settlement Support Center, LLC, September 22, 2007
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