How Long Does The RIAA Get To Abuse The Legal System?

from the keep-on-suing dept

The RIAA has dropped its file-sharing suit against an Oklahoma mother who had no connection to any such activities, beyond paying an ISP bill. Good news -- sort of. The case was dropped after the woman filed a claim to have it dismissed, then faced with the prospect their case would be thrown out, the RIAA asked -- and was allowed -- to withdraw it on their own instead. This is basically the same scenario as that of a Michigan woman who the group sued because her kids were alleged to be file-sharing, though in this most recent case, the RIAA will have to pay the defandant's legal bills. Several questions are raised here, but first and foremost is why does the RIAA simply get to drop these lawsuits with little or no repercussions when it becomes clear they're bogus? Again and again, the RIAA has filed these spurious lawsuits, simply bullying people and employing dubious tactics. And despite not ever actually winning a fully litigated case, instead just trying to steamroll people into paying ridiculous damages, the RIAA rolls on. At some point, shouldn't somebody put a stop to these bogus suits, and force the RIAA to own up to the consequences of using the legal system as its personal sandbox? The costs of these individual cases mean nothing to the RIAA, even if they have to pay a defendant's legal bills, but the costs to the people they're suing -- who are often innocent, but are bullied into settling -- are significant. Why are they allowed to continue? Keep in mind, too, that the lawsuits have done nothing to stop file-sharing.

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  1. identicon
    Open Court, 13 Jul 2006 @ 6:21pm

    RIAA and Tort Reform

    No one should get special privileges under our legal system.

    Neither malpracticing doctors who think they should not have to pay for their injurious conduct which causes permanent brain injuries to children which they want to limit to $250K- nor the RIAA.

    Make them try their case and pay the legal fees and damages is they are wrong.

    Our system works. The Judge will reduce the damages if they are too much. The damage must be reasonable in relation to the injury sustained.

    Who should make the laws, Idiot Trolls like Vay or Lawyers who understand that everyone wants special treatment, especially Doctors. The insurance companies have the VAYs and the doctors thinking there are too many law suits. On the otherhand they do not want to have their executive compensative examined($39M for Progressive's CEO) or their profits ($44 Billion for 2005-their best ever)

    It is obvious the Vay trolls and Docs will digest all the barnyard swill and not point the finger at the right one.

    Riaa is exposed, but only when their target is innocent,
    not when the target is guilty and will lose in the litigation process.

    Open Court

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