RIAA Admits They Accused Someone By Mistake... But They're Still Watching Her

from the whooooops dept

A little more evidence that the RIAA's subpoena-and-sue strategy has been a bit hasty. They've now admitted that one of the lawsuits they filed was a mistake (ooops, sorry about that) and there's no evidence the woman in question shared any music files. They've therefore dropped the lawsuit against the 66-year-old sculptor who doesn't even seem sure what file sharing software is - and is unlikely to have been sharing hardcore rap songs, as the RIAA contended in the lawsuit they filed against her. The RIAA's lawyers don't seem particularly apologetic about the mistake, saying: "Please note, however, that we will continue our review of the issues you raised and we reserve the right to refile the complaint against Mrs. Ward if and when circumstances warrant." How nice of them. Couldn't the RIAA now be accused of filing frivolous lawsuits?

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    Beck, 24 Sep 2003 @ 7:32am

    Dynamic IP Addresses

    Many ISPs issue dynamic IP addresses. If the RIAA subpoenas information about a customer based on the IP address, how does the ISP know who the customer is? Do they keep logs of who had each IP address at each point in time? Does the RIAA subpoena specify a point in time? ISPs such as Verizon and SBC are publicly against these subpoenas, can't they just delete their log files? How does it work?

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