p2pnet news view | Kids & Kartels:- “The RIAA has finally dismissed my case with prejudice! My counterclaims, however, are not dismissed, and I’m still fighting for those. They just stand on their own now. Plus, I can go after attorney fees and costs. It seems like this has taken forever…..what a relief! Anyway, I just wanted you to know.”
The email was from Oregon mother Tanya Andersen. She and her 10-year-old daughter, Kylee, have been continuously persecuted by EMI (Britain), Vivendi Universal (France), Sony BMG (Japan and Germany) and Warner Music (US) in one of the worst of the many examples of Big 4 victimisation of innocent people, including very young children.
Behind the vicious attacks on this single mother is the RIAA, short for Recording Industry Association of America, grossly misnamed because only Warner is actually American, and it’s run by Canadian.
Andersen, who survives on a medical disablement pension, and her lawyer, Lory Lybeck, were the first to foil the RIAA in its attempts to get its hands on victims’ hard drives.
In a bitter disappointment to the unprincipled corporate music ‘trade’ organisation, a judge gave her permission to hire her own expert to mirror her hard drive, confining the RIAA examination to matters strictly pertaining to its allegations against her, and nothing else.
In its most recent act infamy against Andersen, the RIAA tried to set its lawyers loose on Kylee. It was defeated in this effort as well.
Her mother was accused by the Big 4 of using Kazaa, the seriously discredited p2p file sharing application which shows up at the wrong end in the majority of RIAA sue ‘em all cases, to become a massive illegal distributor (the RIAA’s favourite phrase) of copyrighted music, including gangsta rap, which she detests.
She was allegedly operating under the nick ‘gotenkito‘ but almost two years ago, she turned the tables against the RIAA in a countersuit accusing it, among other things, of racketeering, fraud, and deceptive business practices.
Good on you, Tanya. You’re living a tough life, but your example shows how someone with no money and no resources can take on a multi-billion dollar bully and win.
When more people have the courage and tenacity to do what you’ve done, the RIAA and all the other tacky Big 4 ‘trade’ organisations will go scurrying away with their tails between their legs.
Jon newton – p2pnet
Tanya Andersen – The ‘We’re Not Taking Any More’ club, September 17, 2005
very young children – RIAA targets 10-year-old girl, March 25, 2007
foil the RIAA – Victim sues RIAA under RICO Act, October 2, 2005
It was defeated – RIAA vs Kylee hits the mainstream, March 28, 2007
seriously discredited – Kazaa sued in class action, December 7, 2006
gotenkito – Tanya, ‘gotenkito’ and the RIAA, April 26, 2007
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