EFF, ACLU, Public Citizen Accuse RIAA Of Cutting Corners In Latest Legal Filings
from the due-process-needed dept
It certainly was no surprise that the RIAA decided to sue a large group of anonymous file sharers a couple weeks ago. However, Public Citizen, the ACLU and the EFF are now saying that the RIAA cut some dangerous corners in making their latest legal filings. In filing the John Doe lawsuits, the RIAA lumped all 500+ defendants together, and only showed which files a few of them were accused of sharing, and didn’t give details on the vast majority of them. They also say that the filing unfairly lumped together a variety of people who had no connection to one another, who are accused of sharing completely different songs using completely different software. The groups also say that the RIAA does not ensure those accused of a chance to be notified and to defend their right to privacy (though, this claim is not as clearly explained in the press release). Basically, though, they’re making the point that if the RIAA wants to accuse someone of doing something illegal, that’s their right – but they should do it individually, and not lump together everyone in a single filing.