p2p news / p2pnet:- We’ve been hearing and reading a lot about the Settlement Centers Big Music’s RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) uses to try to terrorize Americans into buying its products.
How many such centres are there? One? Two? More? And are they owned by the RIAA-slash-labels or are they entrepreneurial in nature having been set up specifically to take advantage of the people under the RIAA’s hammer?
One unit seems to crop up more than others and, “I’ve become so livid reading about the pitbull collection agency tactics employed by the RIAA settlement center that I dug up all the info I could find about this shadowy operation,” says p2pnet reader Rudolph I. A. Amperage. “As we all know it’s located in Seattle and is legally known as ‘Settlement Support Center, LLC’.”
That got Rudolph going and he tracked down the law firm behind it, as well as the partner who registered the corporation and, “Pretty illuminating stuff – thanks to public records,” he says.
“Although it can’t be conclusively proven (at this point) that this law firm is in charge of the center’s operations, what I discovered begs further mining. The firm is in Seattle and specializes in litigation and intellectual property advocacy. Surprise! The partner who incorporated the center is the one who handles intellectual property cases.”
So here’s what Rudolph has come up with so far:
UBI (Unified Business Identifier) Number: 602 381 852
- Category: Limited Liability Regular
- Profit/Nonprofit: Profit
- Active/Inactive: Active
- State of Incorporation: WA
- Date of Incorporation: 03/30/2004
- License Expiration Date: 03/31/2006
Registered Agent Information
Agent Name: Robert S. Over
Address: 1191 2nd Ave #1901
City: Seattle, Washington 98101
Who’s Robert Over? According to the Washington Bar Association, he works at Young deNormandie in Seattle. The firm says of itself, “We’re big picture thinkers.” And of Intellectual Property, “We think ahead. Intellectual property, like software, has value and we have experience maximizing that value and protecting it internationally. But what if all the money went into development with nothing left for marketing?”
If anyone has a Dunn and Bradtsreet account, or is on LexisNexus, Thomson Dialog or anything like that, it’d be interesting to see what comes up.
Right now, we can’t afford accounts for these services. But eventually we’ll be able to. And soon, we hope : )
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