Court Awards Wrongly Sued Woman Legal Fees From The RIAA; Calls Lawsuits Frivolous And Unreasonable
from the indeed dept
Slowly, but surely, the courts are figuring out that there are some problems with the RIAA’s legal strategy of suing thousands upon thousands of people based solely on an IP address where they think infringing material is available. There have been a number of cases lately where the judge has tossed out the case on the flimsy evidence — but all too often the judges then turn down requests by those who were wrongfully sued to have the RIAA reimburse them for attorney’s fees. However, in the latest case, it appears that the judge has taken that next step and told the RIAA it needs to pay up for attorney’s fees as well, noting that these lawsuits based only on an IP address are “frivolous and unreasonable.” The judge also noted that it was completely unfair to put liability on “an Internet-illiterate parent, who does not know Kazaa from a kazoo.” The judge found that the “settlement offers” the RIAA puts forth offer no real way to contest the charges without going to court, and found that such a system does “not advance the aims of the Copyright Act.” Indeed.