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The RIAA's Hit List Named

simoniker posted more than 11 years ago | from the you-and-you-and-you-and-you dept.

Music 1008

Carpoolio writes "TechTV is the first I've seen to name names in the fight between the RIAA and music downloaders. Using an online court records search service, they've found a number of the subpoenas served by the RIAA to ISPs, which will ultimately end in lawsuits for the people named on this list. Right now, they've published a number of the P2P user names filed with the US District Court in Washington, DC, mainly Kazaa users. Are you on the list?"

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GNAA sucks! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516623)

To hell with GNAA... they're a bunch of Assholes!

frosty! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516626)

props to #GNAA

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Oh man! (1)

NEOtaku17 (679902) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516629)

I want to know if anyone on /. is on that list. Well anyone?

Re:Oh man! (3, Funny)

jc42 (318812) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516730)

Sob! I'm not there! How could they have missed me?

Oh. All the "names" end with @Kazaa. I don't use kazaa.

Never mind.

Re:Oh man! (1)

Adam9 (93947) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516829)

Yeah I didn't see any @Gnutella. *phew*

Re:Oh man! (1)

korgull (267700) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516820)

Of course not, we're not using Kazaa.

No (0, Offtopic)

sageo (681426) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516631)

Yes? no? yes?

phew. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516636)

kazaaliteuser@Kazaa isn't on there! I was really worried for a second.

kazaaliteuser@Kazaa vs. RIAA

RIAA: Please disclose any and all information about kazaaliteuser@Kazaa to us!

Comcast: Um, we're and, sorry.


Re:phew. (1)

Mitchell Mebane (594797) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516686)

kazaaliteuser@Kazaa isn't on there! I was really worried for a second.

Yeah, but www.k_lite.tk_Kazaa_Lite@Kazaa is there.

Re:phew. (1)

UniverseIsADoughnut (170909) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516693)

beat me to it. But yeah I was curious to see that on there. That would have been interesting to see in court on how a few million people are the same person.

Oh man! (3, Funny)

Jacer (574383) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516643)

My name is up there! I'm screwed...

Re:Oh man! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516721)

i've used Kazaa like I'm not familiar with it.

Is there anything stopping multiple people using the same name?

Re:Oh man! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516788)

not as far as I can tell, tons of people are just "kazaauser" or whatever the default is...

Re:Oh man! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516736)

I don't see Jacer@kazaa so which one are you?

Re:Oh man! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516752)

So are you munkeyspanker21@Kazaa or Ghettobootybabe8@Kazaa?

(You only have yourself to blame for this).

Re:Oh man! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516757)

For real? Damn that sucks, I suggest you find a lawyer. Good luck!

Not unless my name is Homer Simpson (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516647)

I also live in that hard to find town of Springfield...

Subject (-1, Troll)

govtcheez (524087) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516649)

Who the fuck is this simonnigger guy? I swear to fucking god, I'm gone for a couple months, and you let them hire some new fag. I'm ashamed.

Re:Subject (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516692)


like only you and one other person know wtf you are rambling on about.

perhaps you should take a break from slashdot for a few months, you fucking retard.

Not on the list... (1)

rekkanoryo (676146) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516651)

but I don't actually share stuff. And I don't download the...well, noise...that the RIAA holds copyright over. I can't say that I like this at all, though. I just wonder how long it'll take people to settle with the RIAA.

My bet is as soon as the subpoena is served, at least 10% of them will be contacting the RIAA to negotiate a settlement (perhaps using their legal counsel to do this for them).

Re:Not on the list... (1)

beaverfever (584714) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516724)

Not to get too far off topic, but the RIAA doesn't hold any copyrights. They represent the recording industry, which includes copyright holders, which in turn includes many of your favourite rock stars.

I just wanted to make sure things were clear.

Re:Not on the list... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516783)

Not to get even farther off topic, but apparently you don't have a sents of humor, butt breath.

What about people who don't live in the US? (5, Interesting)

Omicron32 (646469) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516653)

I live in the UK, can these lawsuits be filed over here from the RIAA?

Re:What about people who don't live in the US? (-1, Flamebait)

Malcontent (40834) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516681)

I would think so. Especially considering that Blair is Bush's poodle.

Re:What about people who don't live in the US? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516800)

i don't like bush either.

but why don't you REALLY answer the question you fucking retard.

Re:What about people who don't live in the US? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516828)

Obviously it's okay to be a brainless oaf as well; at least in your case.

Highly doubtful. (3, Insightful)

HyperColor Underware (628462) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516806)

It is far too expensive to start going after users who are trading overseas, for one it is expensive, and for two the court systems are different.

Why don't they just put up tip jars? (1)

Thinkit3 (671998) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516655)

Instead of suing. They would get much more money. The tips could be split to promoters as well (that's just as important as making the music). This was proposed a few days ago in, of all places, the highly mainstream USA Today editorial.

I'm disappointed... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516656)

I thought there would be more user@kazaa.lite on the list!

Re:I'm disappointed... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516685)

but www.k_lite.tk_Kazaa_Lite@Kazaa is there, which I believe is one of the default usernames.

What I'd like to see (0, Redundant)

wy1d (138761) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516659)

Is them trying to track down the hundreds and hundreds of users of "www.k_lite.tk_Kazaa_Lite@Kazaa"

Re:What I'd like to see (2, Informative)

Chmarr (18662) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516714)

What the article omitted was the IP addresses, and times, that the offenses occurred. Even disregarding the name, a lot of 'seemingly anonymous' users can be tracked down with an IP address and time.

Re:What I'd like to see (5, Informative)

gbulmash (688770) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516732)

They don't have to track down the hundreds. They also have IP addresses and ISP identifications for all the users, according to the article. So though the Kazaa ID is generic, they have (or claim to have) specific information to identify the person using that generic ID.

Interesting that (5, Interesting)

stevezero (620090) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516660)

They named the default username given to those who install Kazaa Lite...

So I wonder how many people that covers?

Re:Interesting that (1)

binarybum (468664) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516713)

no, I don't think they do. that would be
or @kazaalite I believe.

Re:Interesting that (1)

DeionXxX (261398) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516774) is the official website of Kazaa Lite K++

Re:Interesting that (0)

supz (77173) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516738)

I noticed that same thing, but wasn't sure. Now I'm worried, because my younger sister may have installed Kazaa Lite on her computer, and probably used the defaults. I guess I should call my lawyer...

Re:Interesting that (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516826)

Whoever has the IP address they pick owes billions for all the other anonymous cowards who could not pick an original nick.

busy renaming my mp3 file extention to fu2

k-lite users.. (1)

DeionXxX (261398) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516665)

www.k_lite.tk_Kazaa_Lite@Kazaa was on the list... that has to be like atleast 500-1000 people who just left their Kazaa Lite name default.

So at least there's some suspense still for the K-Lite users.

Re:k-lite users.. (2, Troll)

CptChipJew (301983) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516689)

Kazaa Lite now claims to block IP address from the RIAA and other known anti-p2p companies. And the feature is left on by default, so maybe the Kazaa-Lite users aren't in as much hot water as the Kazaa users.

Re:k-lite users.. (2, Insightful)

DeionXxX (261398) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516711)

That seems kind of silly though... RIAA can just hire anyone to get an AOL account or a NetZero account or something and find these same people.

I really like the Lite software but I think that feature is total bullshit... it makes absolutely no sense. The only way to stop RIAA from getting who you are is by using FreeNet or something like that.

Re:k-lite users.. (1)

CptChipJew (301983) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516780)

Or by not sharing files. They seem to only care about the big sharers, or so they say.

But yeah, on the whole I think you're right.

So File Swappers *are* Terrorists (5, Funny)

jpetts (208163) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516666)

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has now issued more than 911 subpoenas

Reckon the RIAA's trying to make a point here?

Re:So File Swappers *are* Terrorists (4, Funny)

MrP- (45616) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516805)

The last 3 digits of your post ID is 666, you evil bastard!

Re:So File Swappers *are* Terrorists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516815)

More than 911? Like 912 or 913?

This guy... (4, Funny)

blackmonday (607916) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516667)

I hereby give my blessing to anyone who wants to sue a guy with the balls to be known as: hottdude0587@Kazaa.

Re:This guy... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516751)

I've always been tempted to call myself "Whiffles the Wonder Pig" just to see them try to keep a straight face when they say, "Joe Smith, alias Whiffles the Wonder Pig, approach the bench!"

last name on the list: (-1, Redundant)

Uber KruX (470900) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516672)


are they going to sue the thousands of users that have this username (ie, anyone who has KLite and didn't change the name), or are they really just that stupid?

Re:last name on the list: (2, Insightful)

Alizarin Erythrosin (457981) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516735)

Since that's the generic user name that Kazaa Lite uses (At least I think that's it) they probably left it there so they can pretty much sue anybody they want to who uses that name, including Joe Only-Downloaded-2-Songs-Ever.

www.k_lite.tk_Kazaa_Lite@Kazaa is on the list (-1, Redundant)

Cloud K (125581) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516678)

Guess that's me!

And another several million Kazaa Lite users... heh heh heh

Re:www.k_lite.tk_Kazaa_Lite@Kazaa is on the list (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516712)

Oops yeah yeah I know.... -1, Redundant

People post too fast on here ;)

hmm... (5, Interesting)

KoalaBear33 (687260) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516680)

I wonder how all this is going to play out... I'm guessing most will settle out of court like that guy they cite (who paid $12000).

RIAA will probably make more out of lawsuit settlements than through their music ;) What's the lifetime value of a consumer to RIAA? I imagine it is less than $12000...


True Names (4, Interesting)

PotatoMan (130809) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516682)

It's been well established that I'm paranoid, but is anyone else bothered by the number of (apparent) True Names in the list?

Re:True Names (1)

cspenn (689387) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516746)

Funny, GeorgeWBush@Kazaa makes for some wonderful speculation... ... like, what was he downloading when the bombs were dropping on Iraq?

huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516683)

Okay, do most people even remember what they typed into that box? In the last version of kazaa light (when it asked) I just typed a bunch of random crap. I mean do usernames even mean anything? You seek in p2p sharing by files not users.

Check out PACER!!! (4, Informative)

Kr3m3Puff (413047) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516690)

Everyone should check out PACER [] . It is free to register and if fairly cheap to access, and only costs $.07 a page and you will only get billed if you access over $10 worth of information. You can get access to TONS of information about US Court cases.

I never knew there was such easy accesible tools to information that the government owes us anyways. Takes about a week for them to e-mail you a password, and you are free to register as a individual citizen!

The list: (1, Informative)

kid_wonder (21480) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516691)

Aab@Kazaa, boggs2@Kazaa, allstatetide@Kazaa, Amissann2@Kazaa, AngelaMikesell@Kazaa, anon39023@Kazaa, anthonybotz@Kazaa, aoster1@Kazaa, Ariel167@fileshare, asheejojo@Kazaa, Ashley@Grokster, azn_bahamut@Kazaa, B.B.C@Kazaa, badandy@Kazaa, Benchy987@Kazaa, Bigeasssy24@Kazaa, Bigpimpinitopey187@Kazaa, bigjohnhc@Kazaa, blazel@Kazaa, bluemonkey13@Kazaa, Boilermaker1214@Kazaa, brentandjonna@Kazaa, brich410@Kazaa, budman5000@Kazaa, Bush323@Kazaa, cado@Kazaa, Carolyn@fileshare, Casal@Kazaa, cbegalle@Kazaa, cherriie@Kazaa, CLOVER77@Kazaa, Corky101@Kazaa, Cortez1023@Kazaa, CowgirlMDR@Kazaa, crazyface@Kazaa, d-dubb@Grokster, dallass@Kazaa, daredevil@Kazaa, DEFAINCE357@Kazaa, definitely_ditzy@Kazaa, dimples0530@Kazaa, dmadigan@Kazaa, dotzbadger@Kazaa, dubcha@Kazaa, dulfingurl2@Kazaa, Dyellagurl22@Kazaa, Dziion@Kazaa, eddieh@Kazaa, emmi4@Kazaa, enbbarnes@Kazaa, ERIKA@Kazaa, felicia_alvarado@Kazaa, flowerpower0818@fileshare, fox3j@Kazaa, freckles72587@Kazaa, fritzbuilding@Kazaa, Generalby@Kazaa, Ghettobootybabe8@Kazaa, h2ochamp@kazaa, harris@Kazaa, heather_thee_amazing@Kazaa, hoami316@Kazaa, hooterzzz@Kazaa, hottdude0587@Kazaa, , HyDang@Kazaa, ilovemydez@Kazaa, indepunk74@Kazaa, inthisroom@Kazaa, jamonie@Kazaa, JE_WV@Kazaa, Jeff@Kazaa, Jessica@Kazaa, jim@Kazaa, joanjett@Kazaa, joe@Kazaa, jomada@Kazaa, JustineRiot@Kazaa, kelney12@Kazaa, kenne007@Kazaa, KrAyZiE@Kazaa, ktgurl13@Grokster, kunstrukter@Kazaa, ladypimp8669@Kazaa, laurelbean@Kazaa, leahpate@Kazaa, LiLHuNnIe1480@Kazaa, Lisweet@Kazaa, Lyssy348@Kazaa, madkirk@fileshare, Marge4131@Kazaa, Marla262@Kazaa, mgokey@Kazaa, mike@Kazaa, Motivator@Kazaa, munkeyspanker21@Kazaa, nikki@Kazaa, Niltiak@Kazaa, Nodopefor2@Kazaa, paulina@Kazaa, pdia@Kazaa, PDJ1846@Kazaa, Playgirlmama@Kazaa, Prtythug23@Kazaa, qjade512@Kazaa, rebecca_m_122@Kazaa, rips42@Kazaa, rochelle@Kazaa, RockOn182@Kazaa, samlionofzino@Kazaa, shakobe@Kazaa, shonga84@Kazaa, sk8boyben@Kazaa, sneil@Kazaa, soccerdog@Kazaa, StolenSi@Kazaa, sus@Kazaa, Sweet3114@Kazaa, sweetthang1421@Kazaa ,TheLastReal7@Kazaa, TMONEYNDHIZOUSE@kazaa, Tyler@Kazaa, Unit984@Kazaa, Westly_NoGood@Kazaa, www.k_lite.tk_Kazaa_Lite@Kazaa

Re:The list: (1)

makoffee (145275) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516748)

joan jett? holy crap bat man?!?! ;)

Re:The list: (0, Redundant)

Trollificus (253741) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516766)


If I'm not mistaken, this is a default name set by one of the earlier revisions of the Kazaa Lite client. Most people I know don't bother to change this. Could it be possible that this username is in fact hundreds, or even thousands of different people?

oooh scary... (2, Insightful)

makoffee (145275) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516694)

time to move to a new p2p app, I perpose giFT.

When are they going to learn that we wont stop sharing files, we'll just keep switching to more obscure networks.

time to move.... (1)

poil11 (186519) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516696)

if your name is on there move to canada.

Always referred to as theft (5, Insightful)

McQuaid (524757) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516699)

First line of the techtv story...
The recording industry has launched a sweeping effort to identify and shut down individual song swappers, making good on recent threats to expand its legal battle against copyright theft.

Why not say copyright infringement? If I go to your house and steal your cd, call the cops. If I am over at your house and copy your cd, theft has not occurred. It's copyright infringement or commonly referred to as piracy. But the media and latest barrage of commericals would have you believe it's still theft.

I know everyone here know's this, but it's always bugged me.

And in true ./ fashion, that's all I've read of the article.

Re:Always referred to as theft (1)

perimorph (635149) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516762)

(article snippet) recent threats to expand its legal battle against copyright theft.

Cool, I didn't know I could commit copyright theft! I want the copyright to "Hey Jude"!! How can I do this?

Re:Always referred to as theft (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516777)

Jeez you sure fucked up your post.. You always blockquote the quote, but not your response.. I wasn't sure if I was reading your response or part of the article (that is until I saw all the spelling mistakes and punctuation errors, then I realized what part was yours)

P.S. Its /. (SLASH - DOT) not ./ (DOT - SLASH)



Alizarin Erythrosin (457981) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516809)

I'll probably burn some karma (got plenty to spare) but mod this guy up. It is the truth, it is not theft as they (READ: RIAA) keep saying it is. Copyright infringement is different. Theft is a criminal act, and IIRC, copyright infringement is a civil matter... or else everybody accused of this crap would end up being tried in criminal court... but they aren't, are they? (rhetorical question)

Re:Always referred to as theft (5, Funny)

Jafafa Hots (580169) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516810)

I guess if I'm guilty of copyright theft, that means I now hold the copyrights and THEY owe ME money??

they found me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516702)

I'm www.k_lite.tk_Kazaa_Lite@Kazaa.

Yet another reason to use Kazaa Lite.

Corporate America (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516705)

Hates you! Yes, stealing is wrong and I do not want to hear about how piracy is not stealing. This however, is just fucking wrong. Going after people for ludicrous sums of money, whom they know have about zero chance of fighting this makes me sick. Fuck you RIAA, I will never buy another CD unless it is from an indy artist at a show or their web site.

Naming Names On TV? (1)

perimorph (635149) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516709)

So are they saying an announcer used up an hour of air-time on TechTV to read off a list of nearly 1000 names?

No wonder I don't bother paying for cable!

Frankly, I'm surprised (3, Insightful)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516710)

at two things. First, there aren't any first and last name combos. "AngelaMikesell@..." might be one, but I see them all the time on urm...screenshots of Kazaa lite running.

Second, where is kazaalite? There is only one entry for that, but I know there are more users of kazaalite than that...

I guess I'm also shocked that anyone actually hasn't heard of Klite and/or isn't running it instead of Kazaa.

hmm. Glad my name isn't on there -

Re:Frankly, I'm surprised (1)

MrP- (45616) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516749)

Thats just a list of names compiled from the subpoena. They stripped all the other information (users IP, users ISP, songs they were sharing).. I'm sure there are duplicate usernames, only separated by different IP addresses. So while www.k_lite.tk_Kazaa_Lite@Kazaa is listed for example, there are probably a lot more www.k_lite.tk_Kazaa_Lite@Kazaa's in the list (since that seems to be the default username for kazaa lite, i assume)

Now what? (3, Funny)

tedDancin (579948) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516720)

What are we all going to do now that 100% of the people actually sharing files have been named? (:

Oh no! (4, Funny)

cliffy2000 (185461) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516728)

Joan Jett is going to jail! "joanjett@Kazaa"

UserID to Person Mapping (4, Interesting)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516731)

What happens if you registered on Kazaa, logged in once, and then forgot to log off? You don't have to relogin again, if the password is "remembered". What if you logged on a public computer, used by thousands of users (in a school or library), who subsequently downloaded stuff without relogging in.

Not that I'm on the list, but do they intend to catch the person who actually created the account, but may not have downloaded any copyrighted material, but inadvertently forgotten to log off? Failing to log off isn't a crime by itself, nor should you be responsible if your account was used for illegal activity, unknown to you.

Let us know if you're on the list & the lowdow (5, Interesting)

felonious (636719) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516734)

If you are on the list do everyone a favor including yourself and let us know here. Keep us up to date on what's occuring and how you intend to fight it. Maybe the community here can help or atleast offer solid advice on how to proceed.

If I were to end up on the list I'd damn sure let everyone know and I'd fight it with everything I have.

Remember don't fund an entity that will only sue you into financial ruin. We can hurt them where it hurts them the wallet. This is the only way to make a statement. Once these lawsuits start then the shit is really going to hit the fan and the backlash will be severe.

Think of it this way...what's more important violent crime or copyright violations? Well the RIAA is sending out so many subpoenas without judicial oversight I might add that court systems are having to redistribute their workers to cover the overwhelming workload. That means less work on violent, horrible crimes and more work on copyright infractions? This is beyond ridiculous!

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scare tactic. (0)

dutchct (673848) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516739)

Such a scare tactic. The kazza lite user name is redundant.

IP's (2, Interesting)

Zed2K (313037) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516743)

So they are going to match IP addresses...well the IP address they get is the address of my router. I know for a fact that my router doesn't run kazaa so how is it that I could be in trouble?

Yeah yeah, I know, stupid defense, but this is lawyers were dealing with. Probably technology inept ones too.

This whole think irks me. If I leave a cd out on my front porch and someone steals it, makes a copy, then returns it how am I liable?

I never said anyone could d/l what I have in my directories, but I also didn't say they couldn't. I leave it up to them and their conscience.

Re:IP's (1)

seinman (463076) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516822)

If you don't disable sharing of files, then yes, you did say they could. It's basically a checkbox saying yes, you can download my files, or no you can't. You didn't pick no, so it defaults to yes. I bet if you read the EULA to some of these P2P applications, it'll say something along the lines of "you are responsible for what you share unless you disable file sharing."

Not only... (1)

embedded_C (653649) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516747)

Not only do these people get slapped with lawsuits, their stupid user names are held up for all to see.

Yes, I'm talking about you, munkeyspanker21@Kazaa

Re:Not only... (1)

ewhac (5844) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516801)

Yes, I'm talking about you, munkeyspanker21@Kazaa

What's even stupider is that at least 20 other people tried for the same name before this guy.


give them the bird! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516755)

everyone setup kazaa nodes ascii files full of penis-birds and natalie portman statues, with popular MP3 filenames!
then if they send you a nastygram, you can tell them to kiss your bird! :)

So, (1)

waspleg (316038) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516759)

are any slashdotters on the list? if so have you been subpoenaed or heard anything at all from the RIAA themselves? i'm just curious

My thoughts, and a simple solution (5, Informative)

Shack95 (115571) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516763)

1) Boycott the RIAA - Since they've cranked up their customer attacks, Ive stopped buying their product (6 months and counting).

2) Shop via used cd's if you must. It will help show their loss in the upcomming year (used sales are Not tracked). Ebay/Amazon/Local stores/Whatever.

Vote with your wallets people! Stop being hypocritical and buying their stuff while complaining how they stink!!

Hah (3, Interesting)

Alizarin Erythrosin (457981) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516768)

My old apartment complex at the college (I've since graduated and last weekend moved) had a firewall that showed everybody as from the same ip address... good luck to them trying to figure out why some of their top sharers were all from whatever ip we showed as (if there were anybody from there on that list).

I'm sure some other places are similar too. The college itself recently changed their network to do a similar thing for all their dorm connections.

Suck on that, RIAA!

Friend of mine was just served a subpoena (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516770)

He made the mistake of calling the lawfirm listed on the subpoena before consulting a lawyer on the matter (gave them additional personal info as well as other fodder). Still waiting to hear back on where he stands with this.

How do these supena's work (1)

javakev (691561) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516771)

What is I share a song on kazaa that is really a blank file with a phony name. Can I also be sued by the RIAA for fraud. Also, how many of these people being served have invalid files on the computers. Does the RIAA verify each file before they file the court papers. With this shotgun approach I see a few problem once in a court of law. IP address and file names is not enough proof of piracy and copyright enfringment. They will need the actual files to guard against the simple mistaken file defense. So maybe they have placed a few traps out on the internet, if a honeypot is not so legal will there file traps be legal?

Is everyone on Kazaalite screwed? (3, Interesting)

TibbonZero (571809) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516773)

Since www.k_lite.tk_Kazaa_Lite@Kazaa is listed, is anyone that used Kazaa Lite gonna get sued? Or is it the company KazaaLite that they are going after?
I'm pretty sure that they ruled that since the filesharing services could be used for other things, they can't really go after KazaaLite... but what about the users?

Are there (accurate) logs of everyone who has ever used KazzaLite? Should we worry?

Usernames!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516786)

Why do usernames mean anything in Kazaa? I can change mine very easily.
Wouldn't they be suing people using IP Adresses or something?

Downloading or sharing? (2, Interesting)

mdvolm (68424) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516789)

I'd like to know who they're primarily going after here, people who share music or people who download it? Or is there any distinction being made at this point?

In other words, if I download a bunch of copyrighted files, but I don't share them, am I at a greater or lessor risk of getting tagged on one of these lists?

huh? (1)

binarybum (468664) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516794)

this list is really quite useless since kazaa doesn't limit the number of people with the same user names. c'mon mike@kazaa? nikki@kazaa?
things are only compounded now as well.. for instance tonight I'm ladypimp8669@Kazaa tomorrow I think I'll logon as dimples0530@Kazaa .

I don't know if... (2, Insightful)

shibbydude (622591) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516796)

there is any way to stop the RIAA from getting a list of your shared files, but if you check the "don't share files" box (which would screw everyone else) does that stop a file list command? Can I just benefit off the benevolents whom choose to take risks? Anyone?

Disclaimer: I am not in any way associated with trading copyrighted material online, and even if I am you can not catch me :).

Game. Set. Match. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516797)

Music "swapping" is over. Without ISP's to hide behind, RIAA will continue to find people at a steady rate. People who are scared will start to leave the services, maybe even passed the critical point of having enough content. Then even people who arent worried wont find use on the services.

Protection services are easy to get through. Maybe some safer systems will work but the conveince will be knocked down a whole lot.

Luckily for me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516798)

my landlord pays for the internet service which gets split between me and 3 others, and we have all long since moved. hah! good luck trying to prove i downloaded anything!

What about the open AP defense? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516803)

How good of a defense is it if I say that I deny downloading copyrighted songs if I have an wireless AP?

and if I keep my music stored on an external harddrive, I really dont see how they can prove that I dowloaded anything illegal

Many of the names appear to be female (1)

HotNeedleOfInquiry (598897) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516807)

I'm surprised that the RIAA is so stupid as to go after them in the first wave. Just wait til daddy's little 4.0 gpa sweetie from Stanford starts crying on CNN about having to go to court because she listened to a Sheryl Crowe cut off of Kaaza.

Whew! Dodged a bullet! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6516813)

> munkeyspanker21@Kazaa

Whew! Thank God I'm only munkeyspanker19@Kazaa.

Why not say you're behind a wireless router? (2, Interesting)

Conduit (691925) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516827)

Couldn't you shrug off the lawsuit if you get a wireless router and attach it to your ADSL/Cable/whatever unsecured? You could say that anyone could have used your IP address to host/download those MP3s without your knowledge. How could they prove otherwise?

Oh I just noticed my name (1)

NEOtaku17 (679902) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516830)

www.k_lite.tk_Kazaa_Lite@Kazaa Actually that could be me. I don't share music though. I wonder if they'll bust me for sharing around 12gigs of fansubbed anime that's not out in the States? Hopefully the RIAA doesn't care about anime. Oh yeah by the way can they actually sue me for sharing stuff that you won't be able to get here in the next 5 years legally? Don't they have to prove damages or something? Or else I'm screwed(By the way I'm still sharing; good anime needs to get out there, anyway I couldn't buy a ligit copy and play it on a home DVD player anyway so what am I supposed to do? Do they want me to move to Japan?)

My name's not on the list (3, Funny)

NetDanzr (619387) | more than 11 years ago | (#6516831)

Not surprising, though. After all, it's the RIAA that's suing, not the porn industry.
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