Judge Dismisses Racketeering Charge Against RIAA

from the quite-a-racket dept

We were pretty skeptical that charges of racketeering would stick to the RIAA when filed a few years ago, so it comes as little surprise to see a judge dismiss the claim. While the complaint could be refiled, the judge's words indicate that it will be quite difficult to make a successful case for racketeering. As emotionally appealing as it would be to see the RIAA found guilty of racketeering, it is a stretch. It's better to focus on what the RIAA is actually doing, rather than trying to paint its actions falsely. The RIAA is filing questionable lawsuits based on flimsy evidence, but that's not quite enough to prove racketeering.

Filed Under: racketeering, riaa
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    Matt, 25 Feb 2008 @ 9:04am

    legal dance

    Although many of us feel it is racketeering and extortion, legally and when pulled to a strict definition its harder to prove than that. This is due to many unfortunate legal loopholes. I don't see many possible ways to them to really allow easier racketeering charges without it being misused, either. No idea for solutions here.

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