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[News] MAFIAA Gets "Blowback" for Mistreatment of Customers

  • Subject: [News] MAFIAA Gets "Blowback" for Mistreatment of Customers
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 06 Jan 2010 01:04:52 +0000
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RIAA victim Tenenbaum asks for a new trial 

,----[ Quote ]
| Tenebaum has asked for a new trial and 
| remittitur from the same judge who presided 
| over the original trial. A 'remittitur' is 
| apparently grey-suitspeak for "we can't 
| afford the ridiculously dispropportionate 
| damage award... can we have another go 
| please m'lud, or at least reduce the 
| damages?"


Nothing to celebrate on Public Domain Day 2010 in the US

,----[ Quote ]
| What entered the public domain in the US this 
| year? Thanks to several decades of copyright 
| term extensions, not a single major work.


The format wars: of lasers and (creative) destruction

,----[ Quote ]
| Remember the format wars? Ars looks back at 
| the heated battles between VHS and Betamax as 
| well as HD DVD and Blu-ray, wondering if, now 
| that the dust has settled, the end of the 
| format wars is nigh.



Constitutionality of RIAA Damages Challenged

,----[ Quote ]
| In SONY BMG Music Entertainment v.
| Tenenbaum, defendant has filed a motion
| for new trial, attacking, among other
| things, the constitutionality of the
| jury's $675,000 award as being violative
| of due process.


RIAA lied to the US Congress

,----[ Quote ]
| In April the RIAA told US lawmakers that it was not going to chase individual
| file-sharers any more and was going to stop dragging grannies, homeless
| people and kids into court using dodgy evidence obtained by methods that
| seemed to break some state laws.


RIAA: "we have no choice" but to file more named lawsuits

,----[ Quote ]
| The RIAA said it would file no more "new" lawsuits against individual
| file-swappers, but it filed more such lawsuits in April. How to explain the
| apparent contradiction? By defining "new" in a particular way.


The RIAA vs. 19 Year Old Cancer Patient

,----[ Quote ]
| Among the RIAA's latest targets in its campaign to sue its customer base into
| submission is a 19-year-old cancer patient. Ciaro Sauro was ruled a music
| pirate after failing to defend herself in court against charges from the RIAA
| that she was sharing music files online. Ms. Sauro has said she couldn't
| defend herself as she is hospitalized once a week, and vehemently denies the
| allegations that she is a pirate.


RIAA Sued For Racketeering Yet Again

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| A few people have filed lawsuits against the RIAA for racketeering in the
| past, though these charges have always been dismissed. In one such case,
| where the filed charges were dismissed over the summer, new claims were filed
| again charging the RIAA with racketeering for extortion, mail fraud and wire
| fraud in its ongoing efforts involving weakly supported threats against
| alleged file sharers demanding money to avoid being sued.

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