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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    Danny, 25 Feb 2008 @ 8:48am


    I would think that there would be enough proof to go after the RIAA on extortion charges. They offer small "settlements" in exchage for not going after you with massive lawsuits that would be based on weak evidence. When they do start a lawsuit they seek outrageous amounts of money that to this day I don't know how they calculate.

    What is the difference between that and the gangsters that hit up the the old couple running the dry cleaners for a cut of their weekly profts to "prevent accidents from happening"?

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