Earlier this year, we wrote about a mother who decided to fight back against the lawsuit filed against her by the RIAA. She claims she had nothing to do with the file sharing, which she believes was done by a friend of one of her kids. As we pointed out at the time, this could be a key case in making it clear to the RIAA that they can't just file lawsuits without actual proof of who was doing the file sharing. However, the woman's lawyer is reporting today that the judge on the case has refused to dismiss the case without a trial. The lawyer worries that this means it will be prohibitively expensive for most people in the same situation as this woman, as they'll have to pay tens of thousands of dollars just to defend themselves -- and the "settlement" fee from the RIAA is only a few thousand. However, there could be a silver lining. If this case actually does go to trial (and it might not), then it could lead to a much clearer ruling that prevents the RIAA from blindly suing those who may have nothing to do with the actual sharing of songs.
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