Not that they're breaking any new ground, but the RIAA has again managed to sue a family for file sharing despite the fact that they don't have a computer (via Broadband Reports). As we've pointed out before, cases like this underline the problematic nature of the RIAA's legal strategy, which amounts to little more than legal bullying, and relies on attempting to trample people's rights and coercing people into settling, while contorting the law and attempting to contravene the legal system and not to mention perhaps breaking the law itself. Is it any wonder some people think what the RIAA is doing is tantamount to extortion? Apparently suing non-owners of computers is easier than suing dead people, but aren't all these lawsuits equally frivolous and deserving of some form of punishment? Update: We couldn't get to the hometown paper of the family being sued this morning, where the story started (presumably it was suffering from the Digg effect), it contains another important tidbit: "Carma Walls said that the family did once own a computer -- for about two months. They haven't had a computer in their home for more than a year, she said." The woman also says she did download some songs "from Internet sites", so perhaps the case doesn't have the sensationalist undertones some might imply. However, the RIAA suit alleges the family continues to use file-sharing programs -- which is a little hard now that they don't have a computer.
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