RIAA's New Litigation Boss Is Former Exec Caught 'Misstating Facts' In Court
from the ethics-anyone? dept
The RIAA has announced that Jennifer Pariser is its new Senior VP of Litigation — which is at first interesting given that the RIAA claimed it was giving up on litigation. Of course, the truth is that the RIAA is not actually giving up on litigation, it just is cutting back because (a) the lawsuits have been woefully ineffective and (b) they’re not even an effective means of bringing in revenue anymore. So, the RIAA decided that it would cut back, and in doing so turn it into a media frenzy by falsely claiming it was stopping the lawsuits.
But, for some of you, Pariser’s name may be familiar. That’s because when she was at her last job, as an executive at Sony BMG, she testified in the infamous Jammie Thomas trial — where she was caught outright lying on the stand, which the RIAA later admitted (well, it claimed she “misspoke”). While the Thomas trial was eventually declared a mistrial due to a mistake made by the judge, I’ve never understood why Thomas’s team didn’t respond to the fact that the RIAA has admitted that its own “expert” witness lied on the stand in claiming that making a single copy of a song from a CD for personal use is “stealing.” And, now, the RIAA rewards her by putting her in charge of its litigation strategy?