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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
    Anonymous Coward, 15 Jul 2006 @ 11:59am

    Re: RIAA and Tort Reform

    No one should get special privileges under our legal system.
    But that's what the whole US Legal system is based on: Privileges for the wealthy who can afford the "fees" required to prevail.
    Our system works.
    For the wealthy. One can literally get away with murder if they have enough money.
    Lawyers who understand that everyone wants special treatment
    But who believe it should be reserved for those who can "pay to play".
    Riaa is exposed, but only when their target is innocent,
    not when the target is guilty and will lose in the litigation process.
    Many people cave in to the RIAA simply because they can't afford the legal costs to pursue justice, not because they are guilty. You may believe the system is working but I say it's badly broken.

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