p2p news / p2pnet: In their latest sue ‘em all mess, the owners of the RIAA have subpoenaed a Georgia family for allegedly sharing files online, says the Rockmark Journal.
Targeted by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) is Carma Walls and the subpoena states:
“Plaintiffs are informed and believe that Defendant, without the permission or consent of Plaintiffs, has used, and continues to use, an online media distribution system to download the copyrighted recordings, to distribute the copyrighted recordings to the public, and/or to make the copyrighted recordings available for distribution to others’.”
Interesting: “has used, and continues to use”. However, the Walls don’t even own a computer.
The RIAA allegation shouldn`t, though, surprise anyone. Money-obsessed Warner Music, EMI, Sony BMG and Vivendi Universal own it and routinely use it frighten children, hauling them up for ‘depositions’ designed to intimidate their parents.
And in a new tactic, the RIAA is trying to turn friend against friend.
The subpoena, described as a lawsuit in the report, “came as shocking news to the Walls family, who were notified of the lawsuit Friday afternoon by a newspaper reporter,” says the Rockmark Journal.
“James Walls, speaking on behalf of his wife and family, said they have not been served with legal papers and were unaware of the lawsuit.”
After seeing a copy of the court filing, ‘I don`t understand this, Walls is quoted as saying. “How can they sue us when we don`t even have a computer?”
Walls also pointed out his family has lived at the current address for less than a year, wondering if a prior tenant had Internet access, “then moved, leaving his family to be targeted instead”.
But, the story goes on, the RIAA insists Carma Walls infringed eight copyrights.
By far the vast majority of online music lovers get their fixes from the p2p networks and indie sites, avoiding low-quality, over-priced Big Four ‘product’ like the plague.
The RIAA claims is bizarre subpoena-based sue ‘em all marketing plan is driving people towards the handful of corporate download and downloan its owners back and supply. However, this assertion isn’t even normal PR flim-flam. It’s an outright lie and in fact increasing, rather than fewer numbers, of people are turning to the p2p networks every month.
For example in February, 2006, in the US alone, 6,978,098 were simultaneously logged on the networks at any given moment, says p2p research firm Big Champagne.
In February last year, the figure was 6,181,636 and in 2004, it was 4,039,989.