RIAA Strikes Back

September 10, 2003

On Monday, the RIAA filed lawsuits against 261 alleged file sharers in federal courts around the country.
Here's a sample complaint.

Here's a long, but ugly and incomplete, collection of articles and analysis:
AP: Record Industry Sues Music File Swappers

BBC: Music industry starts legal fight

IDG: RIAA sues 261 music uploaders

WSJ: Music Industry Presses 'Play'
On Plan to Save Its Business

TechTV: Song Swappers Sued

Scott Rosenberg: The music industry's pie rats strike back

NY Times: 261 Lawsuits Filed on Internet Music Sharing

LA Times:
Piracy Gets Mixed Reviews in Industry File sharing is seen as a burden and a boon

Legal Effort May Slow but Not Stop Music Revolution

Surprise Is a Common Reaction of Those Sued. Some say they didn't know sharing music via PC was illegal. Others claim tech ingorance.

Sympathy for the Sharer
Perhaps the RIAA attorneys should have gone through the subpoenas a bit more thoroughly to avoid suing sympathetic defendants:

Elderly man, schoolgirl, professor among file-swapping defendants

Music lawsuits snare 18 in Bay Area

20 Colorado Residents Sued Over Internet Music Downloads

Boston Globe: Group sues 261 over music-sharing 46 are accused in Boston area

News.com: RIAA settles with 12-year-old girl for "only" $2,000.

Wired News: Schoolgirl Settles With RIAA

Good Morning Silicon Valley: Music industry to recoup alleged file-sharing losses one 12-year-old at a time

Clean Slate program description and affadavit.

Slate: An Offer You Can Refuse. The RIAA's amnesty deal may not keep you from being sued.

Salon: We don't need your stinkin' amnesty!

EFF's Fred von Lohmann in the LA Times: 'Amnesty' for Music File Sharing Is a Sham

Other legal and legislative responses
Senator Norm Coleman responds to amnesty proposal by recording industry

As I have stated before, the recording industry has legitimate copyright interests to protect. The process they use to protect those interests remains a concern of mine. I will be announcing hearings soon to closely scrutinize the tactics, technology and laws used not only in the 262 lawsuits filed today, but also those that were used to target the more than 1,600 people subpoenaed to date by the RIAA.

A lawsuit was filed against the RIAA on behalf of the general public of the state of California which seeks injunctive relief to "put an end to [RIAA's] unlawful, unfair and deceptive 'Amnesty' or 'Clean Slate Program'-- which consists of deceptive and misleading representations by the RIAA."

USA Today: Fight over free music on Web coming to Congress

(via many sources, but beSpacific and FurdLog were particularly useful)

Posted by Andrew Raff at September 10, 2003 12:03 AM
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