Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Chronicle of Higher Education Reports: Some Lawsuits Dropped but 'Takedown' notices being sent

Interesting article by Sara Lipka in Chronicle of Higher Education:

RIAA Drops Lawsuits but Keeps the 'Takedown' Notices Coming

The Recording Industry Association of America announced in December that it was shifting gears and would stop suing groups of students for alleged illegal file sharing. So what is it doing now?

For starters, the industry group is pulling back from pending cases. In many lawsuits that recording companies filed against anonymous students — “John Does” — legal hurdles and universities’ challenges inhibited identification of those defendants.

“We are by and large dismissing all John Doe cases where we have not received a discovery order or a subpoena response,” Cara Duckworth, a spokeswoman for the RIAA, said in an e-mail interview. “Of course, there are some exceptions,” she said, without naming which ones.
Complete article

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