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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    Michael Vilain, 25 Sep 2003 @ 10:48am

    Re: Dynamic IP Addresses

    I asked these questions of my small ISP. They told me all logs, including email, DHCP, and PPP are kept for 7 days.

    IANAL, but unless there's a specific suit which names the ISP as an involved party and involves discovery, would that ISP be required to retain all logs or still keep up their regular day-to-day routine thereby deleting old logs.

    My ISP also contracts with another company to provide dial-up access. Those systems aren't owned or run by my ISP, so a separate subpoena would be required for that company as well. Depending on the time lag, there may be no logs to review.


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