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RIAA sued by victim ! - 10/3/2005 9:26:13 AM   
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A woman who was sued by the Recording Industry of America for file-sharing has countersued the outfit for hacking.

Tanya Andersen, a 41-year old disabled single mother living in Oregon, has countersued the RIAA for Oregon RICO violations, fraud, invasion of privacy, abuse of process, electronic trespass, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, negligent misrepresentation. She is claiming hurt feelings and "outrage", and deceptive business practices.

According to court documents here, Anderson said the record industry has been abusing the law courts and waged a public relations and public threat campaign targeting file sharing.

She claims that the RIAA hired an outfit called MediaSentry to invade private home computers and collect personal information. Based on private information allegedly extracted from these personal home computers, the record companies have reportedly filed lawsuits against more than 13,500 anonymous "John Does".

She claims the record companies provide the personal information to Settlement Support Center, which engages in outlawed and deceptive debt collection and other illegal conduct to extract money from the people allegedly identified from the secret lawsuits.

She said that she has never downloaded or shared music online. She has not infringed on any of plaintiffs’ alleged copyrighted interest. However, she has been a victim of the record companies’ public threat campaign.

The RIAA falsely claimed that Andersen had been an "unnamed" defendant who was being sued in federal court in the District of Columbia. She was never named in that lawsuit and never received service of a summons and complaint, she said.

When Andersen contacted Settlement Support Center, she was advised that her personal home computer had been secretly entered by the record companies’ agents, MediaSentry.

Apparently she had been up at 4:24am downloading "gangster rap" music under the login name “gotenkito@kazaa.com.” Andersen does not like "gangster rap", does not recognise the name "gotenkito", is not awake at 4:24 a.m. and has never downloaded music.

The Settlement Support Center threatened that if Andersen did not immediately pay them, the record companies would bring an expensive and disruptive federal lawsuit using her name and they would get a judgment for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Looks like this one will run for a while.


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RE: RIAA sued by victim ! - 10/6/2005 11:01:06 PM   
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Good, lets hope she wins one for the people. They have been doing to much of this and it seems getting special rights to sue people and abusing their power.

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RE: RIAA sued by victim ! - 10/7/2005 4:53:31 AM   
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Is this circa 1940 Nazi Germany?  These people have extremely too much power, and time on their hands.  If they would have just embraced the MP3 format when it first came out, we wouldn't be having this problem now... but they fought it, like they do everything else...


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RE: RIAA sued by victim ! - 10/7/2005 9:25:11 AM   
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Another reason I think the MP3 revolution is so strong is the because of the RIAA.  They give us no reason to buy CD's today with the one-hit marvels they are marketing to us.  They are trying to sell sex and sex appeal with no talent performers (Brittney Spears - Do I have to say anymore???).  Why would we shell out money for the full CD, when all we care about is maybe one or two songs?  When there is a problem, the techno-geeks find a solution.

I'm a big fan of the iTunes Music store for this reason.  If there are one or two songs I like, I get them... legally.  I also would like to play them in my car on my CD deck that plays MP3/WMA/AAC files, that's where I dive into a grey area...

The Hymn Project, because I want the option to play music I payed for anyway/anywhere I want... I live in a free country (I think... sometimes I wonder).

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