Friday, February 17, 2006

RIAA Dirty Tricks: Gathering Private Info On Kids Of Accused File Sharer

This is so contemptable that I have to share it with you in it's entirety. For embedded links in the article, please visit the source --

Mike Masnick writes over on

The recording industry certainly has a history of dirty tricks when it comes to the various lawsuits they're involved in. Last year, for example, it came out that they had stalked the CEO of Sharman Networks (makers of Kazaa) with a 24-hour surveillance program that lasted several months.

The latest is that they're apparently trying to intimated Patricia Santangelo by investigating her kids. While certainly not the first person to stand up to the RIAA when accused of file sharing she claims she didn't do, Patricia Santangelo has become quite a thorn in the side of the RIAA since her case was revealed. She's been publicly standing up to the RIAA and won't back down -- like many others who initially resisted, but eventually settled. Even after losing her original lawyer, she has continued to fight.

The RIAA's latest tactic, as submitted by Jon, is to reveal to Santangelo and her new lawyer that they've been investigating her children, and have been able to collect a lot of non-public information. The RIAA will probably claim that the info is related to the case, but it certainly borders on using scare tactics, and trying to intimidate Santangelo into backing down.


At Fri Feb 17, 08:29:00 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are indicators that this may be part of a coordinated propaganda campaign...

Professor Doug Lichtman of the University of Chicago School of Law has recently made incendiary comments on Mike Madison's blog:

That is, I use “public” to mean “things enforced by government actors like judges, policemen, and beauraucrats’ whereas ‘private’ means ‘things enforced directly by the interested party’s technologies and physical capabilities.’”

Further Professor Randal Picker has recently blogged using the term “hostage”.

Both of these academics are known proponents of strong DRM regimes.


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