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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    Micheal Rossiter, 14 Jul 2006 @ 5:16am

    how to stop the RIAA (and the MPAA if you want)

    All it takes in each US state (and one per country for Europe), is to file a frivolous litigant motion.

    Basically this says that the person is abusing the legal system to file frivolous claims and they cannot file ANY court case AT ALL without direct permission from the highest court in that state/EU country.

    Basically the RIAA files cases knowing most people will panic and give in...its basically illegal extortion.

    Hey RIAA if you want to try to sue ME go ahead, I just called you a bunch of blackmailing extortionists who abuse the legal system to try to steal money from the public. I would LOVE to have them try to sue me so I could crush them in the UK courts...even if they drop the case, under UK law I can file a counterclaim for upto 100x whatever they try to claim from me!

    (they ask for £1000 then I can countersue for £100,000 for the frivolous lawsuit)

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