Second Way To Get RIAA To Drop Case: Die And Get Your Story Told Widely

from the start-making-a-list dept

Last month we pointed to a few examples of the RIAA dropping file sharing lawsuits once it became clear that they couldn't prove who was actually using the internet connection (since they only have IP address info to base their lawsuits on). Trying that is probably a more reasonable method than dying, especially after yesterday's story wondering why the RIAA would keep going after a family after the person named in the suit had died. As we explained, even if it was within the RIAA's legal right to go after the estate (as it is), it seemed like a ridiculously bad move from a PR standpoint, for almost no real gain for the RIAA. It appears that, in fact, no one at the RIAA actually thought through the consequences of pushing on with the case (following a 60 day break to allow the family to "grieve"). However, once the issue started getting a bunch of attention over the weekend on various blogs, the RIAA has now decided to drop the case. They explain that the man who passed away had admitted that his stepson had actually done the file sharing, so they were simply trying to finalize the details of a settlement. However, out of their "abundance of sensitivity" (yes, they used that phrase), they have decided to drop the case. Seems a bit funny that said abundance of sensitivity didn't show up until the equally abundant "bad PR" hit the internet.

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    Don Gray, 15 Aug 2006 @ 10:33am

    Why has...

    no one asked what impact the RIAA dropping this suit has on future lawsuits?

    The RIAA has demonstrated in this case that they really weren't harmed by the activity that the decesaed was acused of. They say they were in settlement talks, but have now decided to abandon any claims and essentially accept a settlement of zero dollars.

    If the RIAA was truly damaged by this activity then they wouldn't have settled for $0...

    If I ever got sued by the RIAA (interesting, since I don't download music...) I would point directly to this case.

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