Monday, December 05, 2005

Lawyers Cast Doubt on RIAA Methods

Ken Young writes on

An increasing number of lawyers are representing defendants who decide not to roll over and settle out of court when the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sues them for illegal downloading.

The lawyers are questioning the basic merit of the lawsuits filed by the music industry trade body against individual file swappers.

The RIAA has filed 15,500 lawsuits against illegal downloaders, 25 per cent of whom have settled out of court.

New York defence lawyer Ray Beckerman told Variety magazine: "All the RIAA knows is that someone on a computer located somewhere had a file-sharing folder that had copyrighted songs in it.

"They do not know whether the songs were obtained illegally, and they do not even know whether the person they're suing is the person who set up the file-sharing account. Most [defendants] did not."


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