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by Mike Masnick


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RIAA Just Can't Seem To Stop The Momentum On Filing Those Lawsuits

from the legal-inertia dept

On December 19th, it was announced that the RIAA was giving up on its legal strategy of suing individual file sharers, and instead was going to go with some mysterious agreements with ISPs (that no ISPs will admit to) to cut off those accused (not found guilty of) file sharing. In talking about it, the RIAA insisted that it had actually stopped filing lawsuits back in August. Of course, that was quickly proven to be not true leading the RIAA to clarify, saying that it hadn't started planning for any new lawsuits since August, but somehow couldn't stop lawsuits already in motion (this, of course, makes no sense).

Of course, now it's looking even worse, as on December 26th, well after it announced an end to the lawsuits, and insisted no more were going to be filed, a new lawsuit was served on an individual for file sharing. Apparently, the RIAA continues to have trouble with some rather basic facts. Saying you're not suing individuals anymore would be a lot more believable if, you know, you stopped suing individuals. Just saying...

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Jan 2009 @ 8:42am

    I don't get why this is such a big deal. People are breaking the law by illegally distributing files that they don't have permision to distribute. (Either from the Artist (the creator) or the company the artist agreed to distribute that information.)

    The company is has a right sue anyone who breaks the law.

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