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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  1. identicon
    Bull Shifter, 15 Aug 2006 @ 12:56pm

    Re: Re: RIAA

    And back at 'cha, baby doll. What does what you've stated have to do with the fact that:

    A - downloading and distributing files is illegal

    B - If you download and distribute files, someone will come after you.

    That, my exciteable friend, is the point.

    The other statements you've made are rationalizations. Oh, and I didn't call you a criminal. It's an "if the shoe fits" situation. So, you incriminated yourself. Also, I cut to the chase and gave a down and dirty assessment of their overall purpose. Again, you called them "there for the artist."

    Yes, I wear corrective lenses. They obviously help me see the bottom line on the issue. More than I can say for you. You're dealing with fluff, buddy, and your view is clouded with a child-like rage due to the fact that someone is out to make people responsible for their actions. I can see why you're angry. People don't like to "Man up" and say, you know, I fucked up.

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