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: June 27, 2007, 01:08:18 PM

Another reason to continue boycotting the Recording Industy...

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) not only threatened to "financially ruin" a disabled single mother, but the RIAA attornies made threatning phone calls in attempt to interrogate her 10-year old daughter. The RIAA lawyers even went as far as contacting her school demanding the daughter's attendance records be handed over.

This organization is out of control....

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Woman: I'm no music pirate

A disabled single mother from Beaverton has filed a federal lawsuit against the Recording Industry Association of America, claiming that she is the victim of abusive legal tactics, threats and illegal spying as part of an overzealous campaign to crack down on music pirating.

The recording industry sued Tanya J. Andersen, 44, in 2005, accusing her of violating copyright laws by illegally downloading music onto her computer. Andersen claims in a suit she filed last week in U.S. District Court in Oregon that the recording industry refused to drop its case after its own expert supported her claims of innocence.

Instead, industry officials threatened to interrogate Andersen's 10-year-old daughter, Kylee, if she didn't pay thousands of dollars. The intimidation included attempts to contact Kylee directly. A woman claiming to be Kylee's grandmother called the girl's former elementary school inquiring about her attendance, according to Andersen's suit.

The recording industry dropped its lawsuit June 1.

Jonathan Lamy, a spokesman for the recording industry association, said he respectfully declined to comment on the specifics of Andersen's case.

But Lamy defended the recording industry's overall strategy to combat illegal file-sharing, which he said has stolen billions in revenues in the past few years. After taking on the Internet businesses that made it easy to copy music for free and mounting an education campaign, the industry was still losing lots of money, Lamy said.

"Despite all these efforts, there was still not a sense of risk by the individual person downloading music online," he said.

So the industry started taking legal action against individual computer users it accuses of illegally downloading music -- 21,000 people since 2003.

Tanya Andersen was one of those people.

She said she received a letter in 2005 from a Los Angeles law firm accusing her of illegally downloading music. As directed, she called the Settlement Support Center, which Andersen's suit called the "debt-collection arm" of the recording industry's campaign.

Andersen said she had never illegally downloaded music but was told she had to pay $4,000 to $5,000 or she would be ruined financially.

An employee said he believed she was innocent, according to the suit.

"He explained, however, that defendants would not quit their attempts to force payment from her because to do so would encourage other people to defend themselves," the suit says.

Andersen offered to have her computer inspected. Instead, the recording industry sued her.

The record industry claimed that she used a certain Internet name to illegally download music at 4:20 a.m. on May 20, 2004. Andersen searched the Internet for the name and easily learned that it belonged to a young man in Everett, Wash., who admitted on his MySpace account that he illegally downloaded music.

Andersen provided the information to the record industry, but officials responded by publicly accusing her of downloading a series of violent, profane, obscene and misogynistic songs. Andersen was an avid user of mail order CD clubs, so "defendants knew that Ms. Andersen listens to only country music and soft rock," the suit says.

The recording industry's expert finally confirmed that Andersen's computer had not been used to download music, but attorneys still demanded that she pay money before they would drop the case.

"They wanted it to appear publicly that they prevailed," the suit claims. "When Ms. Andersen declined to pay them, defendants stepped up their intimidation."

Two years after filing the lawsuit, the recording industry agreed to drop the case only if Andersen dropped her counter charges.

"They also emphasized that that if she did not abandon her legal rights, they would continue to persecute her and her young daughter, and again demanded to interrogate and confront her little girl," the suit says.

Andersen finally filed a motion forcing the recording industry to provide proof that she illegally downloaded music. Hours before the deadline to respond, the recording industry dropped its case.

Andersen continues to seek to recover her legal costs from the recording companies that sued her, according to her Washington-based attorney, Lory R. Lybeck.

Andersen filed a new suit in U.S. District Court in Oregon last week seeking additional damages from the Recording Industry Association of America, a trade group for recording industry companies that controls 90 percent of the music sold in the United States; the Settlement Support Center; and MediaSentry, a private investigation company that assists the recording industry..

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1182914724179260.xml&coll=7

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#1 : June 27, 2007, 06:40:26 PM

Wow....just wow. RIAA = scumbags.



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#2 : June 28, 2007, 02:31:35 PM

the money they make off i-tunes purchases alone is a huge  profit. these people just won't let up!

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#3 : June 28, 2007, 03:51:03 PM

Its more intimidation than actual law. If you notice most of the people the RIAA target are lower to middle income people without much ability to fight. So they send these people very threatening letters and phone calls. And most people give in to those threats and the RIAA ends up with an automatic settlement.



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#4 : June 28, 2007, 08:48:13 PM

well they have hated the whole digital revolution with music but then again they have found ways to make it work for them and make money at it.
i-tunes, mp3 subscription sites, etc.. trust me the RIAA isn't losing any money these days. if anything i think they are making more than ever before.

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