p2pnet.net news:- Two West Coast mothers are demanding Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG’s RIAA pays their attorneys’ fees after it unsuccessfully tried to sue them, labelling them online criminals.
Tanya Andersen and Dawnell Leadbetter were each terrorised by RIAA and its investigators for two years before the organised music enforcer finally abandoned its attempts to paint them as thieves who’d been “stealing” copyrighted music and “massively” distributing it online.
Andersen recently had her case thrown out and is looking for justice, and now Leadbetter, too, is asking the court to award her attorneys fees, says Andersen recently had her case thrown out and is looking for justice, and now Leadbetter, too, is asking the court to award her attorneys fees, says Recording Industry vs The People.
Both mothers are represented by Lory Lybeck who in his brief for Leadbetter states, “She and her son were caught in the same abusive ‘shoot first and sort it out later’ approach the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) had employed in tens of thousands of cases around the country.”
He goes on:
Like in other cases when proving to be wrong, the RIAA-controlled plaintiffs here seek to dismiss and irresponsibly walk away without consequence.
The member companies of the RIAA have for years enjoyed titanic profits from the industry in which they control an almost complete monogamy: the distribution of sound recordings. Perceiving a threat to its market domination in the form of Internet-based peer-to-peer file sharing, in 2003 the RIAA launched an international public relations campaign intended to threaten and intimidate potential or actual music downloaders.
Lybeck also points out the similarity between Leadbetter’s case and that of Debbie Foster, an Oklahoma nurse who also had the RIAA’s case against her dismissed and who also went through hell and high water to force the RIAA to pay her what it owed..
” ‘Disingenuous’ means insincere or calculating, and that’s how Judge Lee R. West has labelled a claim by Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG’s RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America),” said a p2pnet story.
“Oklahoma mother Debbie Foster, accused of being an illlicit distributor of copyrighted music online, and her lawyer, Marilyn Barringer-Thomson, fought the RIAA to a standstill and in the process were awarded was attorneys’ fees.
“Now the RIAA is doing everything it can to get out of paying.”
Foster was sued solely because she’d paid for a Net account.
The RIAA later in the case attempted to plead “secondary liability” against her without any factual basis, but its tactic was repudiated by judge Lee R. West in Capitol v. Foster as “marginal” and “untested” in his initial decision warding attorneys’ fees, and in his later decision denying the RIAA’s plea for “consideration,” says Recording Industry vs The People’s Ray Beckerman.
Tanya Andersen – I lived a nightmare: RIAA victim, June 14, 2007
Dawnell Leadbetter – The ‘We’re Not Taking Any More’ club, September 17, 2005
Recording Industry vs The People – Dawnell Leadbetter Moves for Attorneys Fees, June 22, 2007
p2pnet – Judges labels RIAA claim ‘disingenuous’, April 24, 2007
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