RIAA Sued For Racketeering Yet Again

from the we'll-see-how-this-works dept

A few people have filed lawsuits against the RIAA for racketeering in the past, though these charges have always been dismissed. In one such case, where the filed charges were dismissed over the summer, new claims were filed again charging the RIAA with racketeering for extortion, mail fraud and wire fraud in its ongoing efforts involving weakly supported threats against alleged file sharers demanding money to avoid being sued. The file-sharing defendants are trying to turn this into a class action lawsuit on behalf of everyone falsely accused by the RIAA. Given the (lack of) success of all previous racketeering lawsuits on this topic, I wouldn’t get too optimistic of this one going anywhere just yet.

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Deb says:

Harvard Law Professor Sues RIAA

RIAA power ‘disconcerting’ says legal expert…
08:42AM Wednesday Nov 19 2008 by Karl Bode
tags: legal · Fileswapping · business

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Harvard Law Professor Charles R. Nesson, the founder of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, is suing the RIAA for their scorched earth legal tactics against file traders. Joel Tenenbaum, a Boston University graduate student, who faces up to $1 million in penalties for downloading uploading seven songs from a file-sharing network back in 2005. “This is an unconstitutional delegation by Congress of executive prosecutorial powers to private hands,” says Nesson. “That a private organization is allowed to take a huge chunk of government power and impose its will upon millions of people is, frankly, disconcerting,” he said in an interview.


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