The Motley Fool investors' web site has posted a second article, "RIAA Changes Gears Just Before Hitting Brick Wall", following up on their article published earlier this week, "RIAA's Day in Court Nearly Over", saying that
[the "making available"]claim used to be a central pillar in the RIAA strategy, because it's fairly easy to show that some files were made available for download from a given IP address. Easy money if the lawsuit were to go anywhere.Complete article
But few of them ever did, and many suits have been thrown out because it isn't actually illegal to have a pile of files ready for others to download. Someone actually has to download them, which is a much harder point to prove. Sony BMG (NYSE: SNE), Warner Music (NYSE: WMG), Vivendi's (OTC BB: VIVEF.PK) Universal Music, and EMI (OTC BB: EMIPY.PK) can't lean on that crutch anymore.
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