by Mike Masnick
Mon, Mar 17th 2008 7:39am
As was widely expected, Tanya Andersen has refiled her class action racketeering charges against the RIAA. This is a refiling of a case that was dismissed last month. At the time, we noted that the case could be refiled, but it would be very difficult for Andersen to prove the racketeering charges. While a bunch of tech blogs last week made it sound like this refiling would somehow "force" the RIAA (and MediaSentry) to open up the details of how it investigates file sharing, that assumes the case actually gets somewhere. Again, while it may be emotionally appealing to accuse the RIAA of racketeering, there needs to be a lot more proof. While it would be fascinating to get the inside details of how these investigations go, unless there's more proof of racketeering, it's not clear this case will get very far at all. Instead of focusing on unlikely to succeed lawsuits against the RIAA, why not focus on leading the industry down the path where it realizes it doesn't need to sue its fans to make money?
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