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This Is The New EMI? Trying To Personally Bankrupt CEOs Of Companies It Doesn't

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| Last year, a private equity firm took over the major record label EMI and
| announced that things were going to be different.
| [...]
| But, in the midst of all of this, it hasn't really backed down from a variety
| of ridiculous lawsuits. For example, it's been a part of a lawsuit against an
| ISP that refuses to spy on its users and cut off those who do unauthorized
| file sharing. We also noted last year that it had sued Michael Robertson's
| startup, MP3Tunes. Now we tend to have a lot of fun accusing Robertson of
| having the same marketing strategy with every company he starts: piss off
| some established company, get sued. It seems to happen with pretty much every
| company he starts from MP3.com to Lindows/Linspire to SIPphone. So it really
| wasn't a huge surprise to see MP3Tunes sued -- though, it's difficult to see
| how a personal music storage locker that doesn't allow sharing could possibly
| be infringing.


Law Profs File Friend-of-Court Brief Against RIAA

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| As it turns out, the MPAA, close ally to the RIAA, has come forth with a more
| controversial view. They suggest that proof of actual distribution shouldn't
| be required. From their brief (PDF): "Mandating that proof could thus have
| the pernicious effect of depriving copyright owners of a practical remedy
| against massive copyright infringement in many instances."


RIAA is to content what Microsoft is to software.


Music boss: we were wrong to go to war with consumers

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| The boss of Warner Music has made a rare public confession that the music
| industry has to take some of the blame for the rise of p2p file sharing.


Defendant: RIAA abusing courts to shore up "failing business model"

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| After the lawsuit was filed, Njuguna said she boxed up the PC reportedly used
| for infringement and purchased a new one. She then filed a series of
| counterclaims to the RIAA's lawsuit in an attempt to have the lawsuit
| dismissed and her name cleared. One of those accuses the record labels of
| failing to negotiate in good faith.
| [...]
| Njugana also accuses the RIAA of engaging in deceptive and unfair trade
| practices, arguing that the record labels have demonstrated repeated behavior
| that has an "adverse effect on the public interest." She also cites former
| RIAA defendant Tanya Andersen's lawsuit (which seeks class-action status) as
| evidence that, unless the courts step in at some point, the RIAA will
| continue its campaign.

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