Legal issues arising from the RIAA's lawsuits of intimidation brought against ordinary working people, and other important internet law issues. Provided by Ray Beckerman, P.C.
The following is the transcript of the May 6th court conference in Elektra v. Santangelo.
First of all, I am ecstatic about the existence of this blog. I just read the court conference with great interest. Very exciting that these documents are being made so accessible to us here. The mere thought of the RIAA waging war against their own customers leaves an acrid taste in my mouth. We're not the enemy. Technology is not the enemy. It's apparent that the RIAA is simply unwilling to adapt to our quickly changing digital era. Instead of suing everyday working people for moving with the ebb and flow of technological advancement - why not work with consumers to decide upon the best way to maximize these new trends for the good of everyone? The real crime is in the attack - and the first shot was fired by the RIAA. I commend you and your firm for standing up for the individuals. I hope that something powerful and positive will come from your efforts. I'll definitely be following the progress.
RIAA can take a big bite out of my arse.www.geek2us.comCoffee
The RIAA thug/bully/mob tactics need to be stopped. Prosecution without evidence and extortion of the public is as anti-American as it gets.http://digg.com/links/RIAA_vs_The_People,_Now_in_Blog_Form
I love the judge's attitude:"...if your people want things to be done through the conference center, tell them not to bring lawsuits."Beautiful.
Bless you, sir. I long ago gave up file-sharing out of fear but I applaud you and your client for standing up to the bullies and fighting back. PLEASE keep up the fight!
Oh boy this is is going to be good. I like the judge already. Where can I donate? The "fight the RIAA lawsuits" link on the page lets me paypal to other defendants. I want to donate to THIS defendant.
It's nice to see this blog here, as well. About time that this is getting a bit more attention.And let's be clear: the entire reason the RIAA in particular has been so aggressive in going after file sharers (and the makers of p2p software) is that online distribution of music makes the record companies obsolete.Artists no longer need the record companies to promote their music, which itself is a means to promote the tours where musicians make most of their money. Record companies, by contrast, have a long history of basically screwing artists.The record companies know their time is short, and they're desperately trying to legislate protection for their business model and create an aura of intimidation and immorality around the entire idea of file sharing. Time will tell whether or not they succeed, but frankly, I doubt it. They came about because of technology, and they'll die because of technology. They simply can't hold back the tide of progress.Of course, these barely-better-than-the-mafia organizations are badly hurting a lot of people along the way.
Dear "anonymous":I guess if you want to contribute to Ms. Santangelo's defense, you can send the check to "Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP, As Attorneys" and mail it to Ray Beckerman, Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP, 99 Park Avenue (16th Floor), New York, NY 10016, and we will do with it as we are instructed by Ms. Santangelo.Best regards,-R.B.
I love the idea that you started this blog. Keep us updated!
I am the Admin/Mod of the Boycott-Riaa.com website. We will certainly use our forums to publicize this and other similar cases you guys handle. (And will give our readers/participants links to where they can contribute funds to help defendants if they so wish.)However, I must state that the "official" opinion of many/most of the good folk who participate at Boycott-Riaa is that we do NOT advocate funding those who simply intend to settle. Sympathetic as we are to those who can't afford to do battle, we want our money to go to those who stand up and FIGHT the RIAA!When giving money to a "settlement" you are only giving funds that allow the villians to continue with their extortion.(Sorry, I forgot to 'sign' the above draft ...delete that 1st posting please.)Shmoo, aka "independentmusician"of Boycott-Riaa.comSUPPORT LOCAL AND INDEPENDENT MUSIC!
she should sue them for hacking into her pc and stealing her info and invadeing her privcy Don't let the man get you down
Good luck to you. I look forward to the outcome. The documents you posted made for very interesting reading.I'm glad that she was able to find an attorney as skilled as you are and I'm sure you will do well in your litigation.Thanks for keeping us all posted.
"The RIAA thug/bully/mob tactics need to be stopped. Prosecution without evidence and extortion of the public is as anti-American as it gets."
"The RIAA thug/bully/mob tactics need to be stopped. Prosecution without evidence and extortion of the public is as anti-American as it gets."Their campaign is nothing compared to the one started by Directv. Directv has filed 24,000 lawsuits on slleged pirstes, just because these people happened to buy a smart card reader (which is legal) from dealers that DTV did not approve of.
she should sue them for hacking into her pc and stealing her info and invadeing her privcyDon't let the man get you downHee-hee! This blog is great. That transcript is pretty fantastic as well. I like that Judge a lot. I've always been curious as to how the RIAA does this. What technical information do they actually find? I know it's not relevant here but do they just log IPs or do they also grab MAC addresses/NetBIOS/DNS/User names? Do they know all of those things can be spoofed?Eh, just idle questions.We're behind ya Soccer Mom :D.
she should sue them for hacking into her pc and stealing her info and invadeing her privcyinterestingly, there was some stuff surfacing that kazaa were suing the riaa for breaching its terms of service and collecting information on its users.
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