Music piracy defendants fighting back

The National Law Journal, posted the article which states:

When attorney John Hermann took on his first music piracy lawsuit recently on behalf of a woman who was being sued by the music industry, he was skeptical.

“I thought I was the only one stupid enough to take on one of these cases,” he recalled.

He was wrong.

In the last year-particularly in the last six months-a growing number of defendants have refused to settle music industry suits, challenging what they allege are groundless lawsuits filed by the Recording Industry Association of America.

In the last two years, the RIAA has filed 14,800 lawsuits against individuals for illegally downloading and distributing copyrighted music on the Internet.

While the RIAA holds that most suits settle, attorneys note that many defendants have started fighting back.

All I can say is, thank God someone is finally fighting back. It just doesn’t seem right to go after parents and grandparents for something they may not have known about. And should under age children and young teens, or their parents be saddled with criminal records because of copyright infringement?

There are several consumers that are fighting back. I don’t know where this will go but I wish them luck in their endeavors because there is something just totally wrong about going after their own customers and potential customers in the vicious way the RIAA has been doing.

The article further states:

Hermann and other defense attorneys allege that the RIAA is using “scare tactics” to force settlements, intimidating defendants into paying up before they can seek legal help, or dispute the charges. So far, about 3,400 of the RIAA suits have reached settlement.

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Thanks to CowboyNeal for posting this at Slashdot.

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