Friday, February 03, 2006

SONY BMG Withdraws from Atlantic v. Does

SONY BMG, along with BMG Music, Arista Records, and Loud Records, has voluntarily dropped out of the Atlantic v. Does 1-25 case in Manhattan federal court.

Notice of Voluntary Dismissal

SONY BMG had voluntarily dismissed its claims, last week, in Elektra v. Barker.

No explanation for the voluntary discontinuance has been given.

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Robert said...

Awesome. I guess their risk of losing was to great. They will probably continue bringing more and more lawsuits and just hope that nobody fights back.

I really wish they would get into some legal trouble themselves for all the tactics they have been using against consumers for the past several years.

Will any of the defendants who had an attorney bring suits against the RIAA now to pay their attorney's fees? I am assuming this is what could happen now.

Joshua Saint Jacque said...

Are you sure they dropped out of the case completely, because the notice says only that they were no longer pursuing Doe #8. What about the other 24?

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eclectica said...

I am wondering if Sony BMG is dropping its lawsuit due to bad publicity with the DRM rootkits found in CDs it was selling.

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raybeckerman said...

The case was probably dismissed as to the other 24 defendants because the internet service provider went ahead and gave RIAA the name and address information they were seeking as to those defendants.

I do not believe any of the other John Does have appeared, or are contesting. They are probably not even aware they are defendants in a lawsuit in Manhattan, which is probably thousands of miles from where they live.

ben said...

If they drop the case does that mean they are liable for any costs incurred for the defense/and/or court?

Aren't all these cases putting an undue burden on the courts system? And shouldn't they be forced to absorb the costs if they continue these cases on a large scale?

raybeckerman said...

I am hoping the courts will start assessing big attorneys fee awards against them, but that won't happen unless people fight back -- like Mr. "Doe" has done.