Sunday, August 21, 2005

Taking on record companies

Taking on record companies
Record companies have filed about 13,300 similar federal lawsuits against Internet users across the country since September 2003. Nearly 3,000 of those lawsuits have been settled. The offending music traders have agreed to pay an average of $4,000 to $5,000 and promised not to illegally download copyrighted songs anymore.

None of the cases has gone to trial.

That may change. And it may change with a soccer mom who said she would rather pay a lawyer's fees than give in to what she calls intimidation tactics by the record companies to get her to settle.

Finally! Over 13,000 lawsuits filed by the RIAA and someone has finally said no, fuck you, I ain't payin'. She is taking a major risk of course. If she loses she is facing millions in potential fines. The worst part, even if she wins, she is going to have to fork out thousands for lawyer fees. I very much hope the EFF will pick up her case pro bono. Are you listening EFF? This is why you were founded. Regular people don't have the kind of money or expertise to fight big industry by themselves. Pick up the damn case!


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