Monday, August 28, 2006

RIAA Opposes Motion For Leave to File Amicus Brief in Capitol v. Foster

In an unusual move, the RIAA has opposed the motion of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Public Citizen, the ACLU of Oklahoma Foundation, and the American Association of Law Libraries for leave to file an amicus curiae brief in Capitol v. Foster, in federal court in Oklahoma.

RIAA Opposition to Motion for Leave to File Amicus Curiae Brief*

Amicus curiae brief of EFF, ACLU, Public Citizen, ACLU Foundation of Oklahoma, and American Association of Law Libraries, In Support of Defendant's Motion for Attorneys Fees*

* Document published online at Internet Law & Regulation

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Alter_Fritz said...

the RIAA lawyer claimes:
"Movants attempt to paint a false picture of Plaintiffs and the recording industry run amok"

I think this statement by the RIAA counsel Colin G. Martin is a debunking one!
I can't read anything about running amok in the letter he is refering to!
Could it be he either know more about the state of mind the recordingindustry/the plaintiffs are in or has he simply confused Weird Al's video with the filed letter?

And why does Mr. Colin G. Martin claim all those cases are "unrelated" when in fact the Plaintiffs on a regular basis lumb dozends if not hundrets of "unrelated" ones together in a single round of Does-cases?

And why does he confuse the (non) "Ownage" of a computer with "having" a computer in somebodys house?
I have hundrets of (paid for) CDs in my house! That does not mean (according to RIAA/IFPI claims) that I OWN the music.
I thought Lawschool teaches the difference between Ownage and posession?

CodeWarrior said...

alter fritz has an excellent point. The RIAA is appearing unreasonable, and yes, as if it is running amok in the "sue your customer" campaign. The fact that all these consumer oriented and freedom promoting groups are finding common cause in filing an amicus brief, and the fact that the RIAA is fighting their filing of such a brief tooth and nail, appears prima facie evidence of the fact that, the preponderance of the weight of evidence is the RIAA is acting in a dictatorial, outrageous, unreasonable, and unreasonably provocative manner viz-a-vis the digital consumers of the United States of America.

Long ago, I authored the Digital Consumers Protection Bill, and offered it as a model for legislation that would reasonably protect the consuming public in this era of rabid, out of control groups on a sue happy binge, groups such as the MPAA and RIAA.

It is found at

I sincerely believe that, if this were passed, it would bring our country much closer to saner consumer copyright rights.


CodeWarrior said...

Alter_Fritz said... you wanted to have a clickable link? :)