The story of the woman fighting the RIAA has taken another turn with the news that she'll be representing herself in the matter from now on. It's hard to figure out exactly what's going on here, with a blog post by her former lawyer saying she couldn't afford pretrial discovery, and that it's clear the RIAA's case is "frivolous", so she shouldn't go to extraordinary means to pay for a defense. This comes a week or so after the judge refused to dismiss the RIAA's suit, and with it the defendant's lawyer's hopes of quickly and cheaply winning the case. When the lawyer first took the case, he talked about charging reduced fees, and how the motion to dismiss was expected to work, adding "We will fight to the end. Anyone who knows me knows that I don't take on something unless I am prepared to fight to the end. Also, anyone who knows me knows that the one thing I can't stand is a bully. The RIAA will give up long before we do, because sooner or later it will dawn upon them that their attorneys are taking them for a ride." He also mentioned he expected the RIAA would eventually have to foot the legal bill in the case. But now, since this early attempt to get the case dismissed without going to trial failed, apparently the cost is too high. What was already an uphill battle has become even steeper for the woman, and the RIAA must be thrilled. It's this sort of thing they bank on: getting people into situations where the "best" solution is just to settle, rather than actually go to court and have to argue -- gasp -- the merits of their case.
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