“To use the vernacular, they don’t give a rat’s ass about their customers, public opinion, the law, or anything else.
“In the RIAA’s case, it’s been foisting supposed tech expert Doug Jacobson (right) on courts hearing specious RIAA sue ‘em all cases even though the voracity of Jacobson’s evidence has been proven to be highly questionable, to be charitable about it.”
Now, says Recording Industry vs The People’s Ray Beckerman, “A year and five months after examining the defendant’s hard drive in UMG v. Lindor, the RIAA’s “expert” witness, Dr Doug Jacobson, has issued a ‘supplemental report’ which appears to contradict his earlier ‘reports’ alluding to the hard drive inspection.”
In pre-Net days, Jacobson would no doubt have sailed through thanks, in no small part, to the technical ignorance of the judges he was hired to confuse.
With one or two notable exceptions, the judges are still confused but, thanks to the Net, Jacobson is no longer getting away with it.
Now Beckerman is once more appealing to anyone with technical knowledge and a desire to see Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG’s RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and Jacobson again caught by the short and curlies to get in touch [rbeckerman @ vanfeliu dot com].
In view of the superb job the Slashdot community and the Groklaw community did in helping first to prepare for, and then to vet, Jacobson’s deposition, I humbly submit for your learned review the now three (3) versions of the “expert’s” opinions based on the hard drive, for your analysis.
As with almost all federal litigation documents nowadays, they are, unfortunately, in *pdf format: (a) December 19, 2006, declaration; (b) unsigned October 25, 2006, report, awaiting approval from RIAA lawyers; and (c) December 15, 2007, version.
The initial observations of commentators on my blog are located here.
Jon Newton – p2pnet
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