Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG’s RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) tried to weasel the university into giving it the identities of students.
Then it tried to do the same in Newport News, Virginia.
The first time around, “judge Lorenzo F. Garcia refused to cooperate, denying the RIAA’s ex parte motion,” said p2pnet.
Now the RIAA has suffered a similar defeat, this time at the hands of Judge Walter D. Kelley, Jr, reports Recording Industry vs The People.
In Interscope v Does 1-7, the RIAA’s demand for an order granting discovery into the identities of students at the College of William & Mary was thrown out, says the story.
Seven students used the college network to, “access an online media distribution system for the purpose of downloading and distributing plaintiffs` copyrighted works,” says a court document.
But Kelley wasn’t having any, ruling the RIAA effort wasn’t covered under the law.
already been vanquished – Judge Garcia foils the RIAA, June 20, 2007
Recording Industry vs The People – Virginia Judge Denies RIAA Ex Parte Motion Against College of William and Mary students in Interscope v. Does 1-7, July 14, 2007