We have recently learned of a case in California, Virgin Records v. Marson, where earlier this year, after 6 months of litigation, the RIAA dropped the case.
As in all of the RIAA cases, the only basis the RIAA had for its claim against Mrs. Marson was that she paid for the internet access and owned the computer on which the shared files folder resided.
Faced with evidence that numerous other people had access to the Internet connection and/or the computer and that any of those people could have engaged in the allegedly infringing conduct, the RIAA agreed to dismiss.
(Mrs. Marson's legal team at Coast Law Group, headed up by Seyamack Kouretchian, are litigating another p2p filesharing case brought by the motion picture industry entitled Universal City Studios Productions, LLLP v. Shawn Hogan. Because (a) the Hogan case involves many of the same issues that arise in the RIAA cases, (b) the MPAA has been engaged in cartel-like behavior with the RIAA, and (c) Mr. Hogan (unliked most defendants in these cases) is a litigant who is in a position to fight back, thereby increasing the likelihood of a full and fair airing of the copyright law issues, we are initiating coverage of that case in our index of litigation documents, although it does not directly involve the RIAA. )
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