p2pnet news | RIAA News:- Taking a page out of Tanya Andersen’s book, Hurricane Rita survivor Rhonda Crain is also targeting the RIAA practice of using unlicensed ‘investigators’ in its bizarre sue ‘em all marketing campaign.
Andersen, a disabled Oregon mother and her 10-year-old daughter, Kylee, “have for the last three years been living a nightmare, thanks to Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG’s RIAA,” she says.
Now she’s suing the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). “At one point, they even tracked down and called my new landlord,” she says. “I had been living here for only one month. They’ve asked and investigated quite a bit of extremely personal information, which was very humiliating.”
In this latest case against the RIAA, Crain, a grandmother who lives in Beaumont, Texas, says she’s never shared files and now wants to amend her answer to include counter-claims against the record companies for using unlicensed MediaSentry investigators, says Recording Industry v The People.
She’s also demanding a trial by jury, saying the RIAA’s actions “amount to extortion,” a charge also levelled at the Big 4 enforcer by Andersen, whose lawyer, Lory Lybeck, pointed out in a court document:
Pursuant to a secret agreement, the RIAA, it`s controlled member companies and MediaSentry conspired to develop the massive threat and litigation enterprise targeting private citizens across the United States. The RIAA, and his controlled member companies as the years aggressively acted to prevent disclosure of secret agreement.
Recently it has been discovered that as a part of this secret enterprise MediaSentry has for years conducted illegal, flawed and negligent investigations of many thousands of private United States citizens.
These illegal investigations are then used as the sole basis for pursuit of tens of thousands of lawsuits throughout the US.
During the investigation, MediaSentry, without authorisation and under the false pretext of being a PA user, claims to employ secret methods to enter individual computers to surreptitiously and illegally gather information on private citizens. At best, MediaSentry only identifies an Internet protocol( IP) address and which it then sells to the RIAA. The RIAA and is controlled member companies then use this illegally obtained information in its public threat of litigation enterprise.
Hurricane Rita survivor – Hurricane Rita survivor RIAA victim, November 18, 2006
very humiliating – Tanya Andersen sues the RIAA, June 29, 2007
Recording Industry v The People – Ms. Crain Counterclaims against RIAA for Using Unlicensed Investigators, July 3, 2007
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