Came across this interesting general article on the website of the Journal of the DuPage County Bar Association:
The RIAA Versus the People: A File-Sharing Witch Hunt
By Heather Neaveill
For the past five years, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has unleashed a barrage of “John Doe” lawsuits aiming at individuals who illegally file-share or download music and infringe on the recording industry’s copyrighted works. But is their tactic fair? Many defendants say ‘no.’ The RIAA’s targets are not commercial entities but private, ordinary individuals. Even some federal judges have grown tired of the RIAA’s modus operandi. The Hon. Nancy Gertner addressed counsel in open court that “counsel representing the record companies have an ethical obligation to fully understand that they are fighting people without lawyers, to fully understand that, more than just how we serve them, but just to understand that the formalities of this are basically bankrupting people and it’s terribly critical that you stop it.” Now, this is not to condone illegal file-sharing, but the question does turn on whether there should still be an element of fairness when fighting illegal activity.
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