Record Labels Don't Want To Answer Questions About Their Own Use Of File Sharing
from the whoops dept
The details here aren't entirely clear, but in one of the cases the RIAA is trying against someone for file sharing, lawyer Ray Beckerman (famous for defending plenty of people accused of file sharing) got the court to ask the record labels in the case to explain how employees at the labels actually used peer-to-peer file sharing apps in sending songs to radio stations. Beckerman is now complaining that the labels are refusing to answer, pretending that the judge asked a different question (about whether the labels -- not the employees of the labels -- signed up for file sharing accounts). In answering that question, the record label lawyers never even consulted the promotions department to find out if they had used file sharing apps, and simply answered based on what the head of procurement said (one assumes, they said that the company had not officially signed up for such an account). It would be nice if there were a little more background here -- but reading between the lines, it sounds like people in the promotions department were likely using file sharing apps themselves as part of a promotional campaign, and the record labels don't want to admit it, as it could hurt their case. In the past, there have been reports of the record labels using file sharing as market research, but I hadn't heard of them using it for any kind of promotions.