The sad thing is the company they represent would never see it. It takes something getting attention before companies notice they are paying to get screwed. Like demanding sections of HBO be delisted for infringing on the rights of... HBO. No one will make the DMCA better, so need to shame the companies into hiring companies that ACTUALLY look at what they send out in the clients name.
Unless it is part of the proceedings, it is a BIG nono for opposing counsel to speak to a represented party (even if they don't know they have representation - See Evan Stone sinking his career.) Submitting the news article to the court however is allowed, and the Judge would be so very happy about that detail.
Could it be they are just trying to clean up the image a little? Pretenda, Malibu Media, and scores of other seedy little trolls running their "extortion" schemes (IMHO) are gaining traction. The hugely laughable failures of the DMCA automated notices demanding that the corporations who hired them be delisted. The broken YouTube ContentID system taking out harmless videos, or being used to steal money by scammers. SOPA. The list goes on and on... and its breaking into more mainstream content lines.
They have been trying the kinder gentler tact lately... 6 Strikes - it is a fair system and nothing bad happens unless you get 6... unless the ISP decides otherwise.
Educational programs in our schools, funneling the **AA's will to children via the Center for Copyright Information. (6 Strikes program host).
It is the little people who are hurt when you download!
The RIAA got backhanded hard, and most of their recent public appearances have been silent tacit approval of what the MPAA is doing. They have to present a unified front, otherwise people will start to wonder and talk about how MP3 sales have shifted to the $1 price point for digital, yet movies still charge a hefty premium for access to clunky systems that often fail.
One might think they are going dark, trying to line up the next insane set of laws that will certainly eliminate all filesharing everywhere at once... this time...we're certain...it'll work...won't get broken...no we are positive this will do it!
The last place the **AA's want to be right now is near a courtroom.
my understanding is that with prejudice means they can not bring that action again. Many of the Doe's targeted by copyright trolls are dismissed with prejudice once they settle. Its one thing if the lawyer "promises" they won't move forward, it is another when there is a legal stipulation on the record.
There is still time for something to happen. The appeals court could kick the argument back down to Judge Howell, she lobbied for the RIAA before getting on the bench. She's made many interesting statements on the bench bemoaning how everyone needs to do more to protect copyright holders, despite the law not requiring the levels she implies. I'm sure that there is no way rulings might go against Pretenda now in her courtroom. I mean its not like Pretenda is a national scandal about the abuse of the copyright law and people might demand the law be changed to try and stop copyright trolling.
“The lyric business is clearly more valuable in the Internet age.”
20 years and you just figured this out. You insipid has-been.
Without copyright laws as they currently stand, perhaps your beloved labels would have gotten off of their asses sooner to meet this consumer demand.
See this is the part that a majority of the big label promoting types miss in the equation. WITHOUT CONSUMERS YOU MAKE NOTHING.
You seem to think that copyright law merely exists to extract cash from the ether and place it into your label account where someday they might dain to send you a royalty check... if they can find you, if they don't change the records to hide income and sit on it.
You business is to provide entertainment to be consumed by customers, this is the part you all seem to have forgotten.
You abuse consumers with price fixing, DRM, and killing off any innovation that MIGHT injure you in imaginary ways. In return we get what?
Its not a fair trade.
Go stomp your feet and prove us wrong. Withdraw all of your wondrous creations from the market never to return. I know I'll be happier not having to listen to your vapid mewling any longer.
Make room for the future old man, your kind has held it back long enough.
'Merica - Home of the meek. A child's drawing is so terrifying we had to destroy his life. A child's imagination so dangerous, EVERYONE COULD DIE!
The parents in these districts need to start recalling their school boards and finding people willing to risk drawings and imagining. Give up the idea that this is the real danger to kids, the real danger is that you simple minded asshats are going to turn your children into drones to be exploited for life. Never dreaming to be more than a faceless cog in the machines making people who could dream rich.