Wednesday, March 22, 2006

SONY BMG Withdraws from Motown v. Does 1-99

Once again, SONY BMG and its affiliates have withdrawn from one of the RIAA v. Consumer cases, this time in Motown v. Does 1-99, pending in federal court in Manhattan before Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald.

So ordered Notice of Voluntary Dismissal

This is the case in which John Doe #48 has moved to vacate the ex parte discovery order, sever and dismiss as to John Does 2-99, and quash the subpoena, and in which the Judge has stayed the subpoena and discovery order as to all defendants pending the Court's determination of the motion.

Once again, no one from the plaintiff's side has given any indication as to why SONY and its affiliates withdrew from the case.

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3 comments:

rufus said...

It states that both parties have to bear the burden for their own court costs and attorney's fees. Anyone have an idea or estimate of what these costs could be for those accused? Can they they ask for reimbursement or is the matter closed?

Ray Beckerman said...

Sorry, rufus, can't comment on that. Can only report on publicly filed materials.

StephenH said...

Maybe Sony BMG feels that they cannot win this case, or feels that some of the people were sharing some of the tunes that they had to give away as MP3 (Not DRMed) format in the XCP settlement, and therefore cannot prove they were pirated remotely.