An elderly survivor of Hurricane Rita, Ms. Rhonda Crain, has been sued by the RIAA in Beaumont, Texas, in SONY v. Crain. Ms. Crain and her husband were displaced by the hurricane.
Ms. Crain had never heard of the songs she’s accused of downloading and sharing, much less downloaded them, she’d never heard of “file sharing” before, and she didn’t even know that kind of thing was possible before getting sued for allegedly doing it.
She is fighting back and has asserted a counterclaim against the plaintiffs, saying that the RIAA's actions "amount to extortion, reciting a litany of other similar cases brought by the RIAA.
Ms. Crain has also asserted the defense, first raised in Arista v. Greubel, that the plaintiffs' have been fully compensated by the $115 million settlement they received from Kazaa.
Answer and Counterclaim*
Ms. Crain is represented by John Stoneham in the Beaumont, Texas, office of Lone Star Legal Aid.
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* Document published online at Internet Law & Regulation
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