p2pnet news view | RIAA news:- As p2pnet first revealed on Monday, a judgment against RIAA victim Michelle Santangelo will be vacated. In other words, to all intents and purposes, “it’s been dropped and Michelle can go back to square one, pleading her case as if the ruling had never been made”.
The judgement as it stood had meant she was liable for $30,750, plus another $490 in costs.
When p2pnet ran the story, no documents were available. That’s no longer so, however and they show Holme Robert & Owen, the RIAA’s current legal gun-slingers, want $513 for processing the paperwork, as this chart shows.
Richard Gabriel is a primary RIAA out-sourced attack lawyer. He’s front and centre in more than just a few of the cases and the proceeds from a good week’s work for him would be enough to settle claims lodged against one or two of his victims.
Because as Recording Industry vs The People points out, he gets a handsome $375 an hour.
It seems more than a little ironic that the record labels who pay these breathtaking fees to companies such as HRO are using the money to sue an estimated 30,000 very ordinary, very innocent, American men women and children who are unable to scrape up enough to properly defend themselves against the vicious legal attacks.
Behind this so-called trade organisation are, principally, the four multi-billion-dollar music companies who together control the corporate music industry.
And fronting for them around the world are scores of so-called trade organisations such as the RIAA.
Equally ironic, ‘RIAA’ is short for Recording Industry Association of America but only one of the big four labels, Warner Music, is American, and even that’s controlled by a Canadian.
The others are EMI (Britain), Vivendi Universal (France) and Sony BMG (Japan and Germany).
For them, money is nothing.
Considering the obscene amount of legal and government clout the Big 4 routinely wield, things are fast reaching the point where it’s safer to be found guilty of being a drug pusher or burglar, say, in a criminal case than a copyright infringer in a civil suit.
Jon Newton – p2pnet
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