Beta

Slashdot: News for Nerds

×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

RIAA v. Santangelo Default Judgment Vacated

Zonk posted about 7 years ago | from the fight-never-ends dept.

The Courts 56

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "It was reported last week that at the July 13th status conference in Elektra v. Santangelo II, the default judgment taken by the RIAA against Patti Santangelo's daughter, Michelle, was vacated by Judge Stephen C. Robinson. This has now been confirmed in papers filed by the RIAA's lawyers in which they indicated that the Judge vacated the default judgment because he prefers cases to be decided on their merits, rather than by default (pdf). The papers sought $513 in attorneys fees for (a) procuring the default judgment and (b) preparing judgment enforcement documents. Patti Santangelo is the first RIAA defendant known to have moved to dismiss the RIAA complaint. After two years of litigation, the RIAA dropped its case against Patti Santangelo, leaving open only the question of whether the RIAA will be ordered to pay her attorneys fees."

cancel ×

56 comments

RIAA sucks! Here's why: (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19918213)

Burbage dies on pg. 12
Hedwig dies on pg. 56
Mad-Eye dies on pg. 78
Scrimgeour dies on pg. 159
Wormtail dies on pg. 471
Dobby dies on pg. 476
Snape dies on pg. 658
Fred Weasley dies on pg. 637

Harry gets fucked up by Voldemort on pg. 704 but comes back to life on pg. 724

Tonks, Lupin, and Colin Creevy have their deaths confirmed on pg. 743

19 years after the events in the book:

Ron has married Hermione, their two children are named Rose and Hugo

Harry has married Ginny, their three children are named Lily, James, and Albus Severus.

Draco Malfoy has a son named Scorpius

                The epilogue shows all of the children boarding the train for Hogwarts together.

The final lines of the book are: "The scar had not pained Harry for 18 years. All was well."

Plot Spoilers
Part of Voldemort's soul was implanted into Harry whenever he used Ara Kadvara on him when he was a baby. Harry then sacrafices himself a la Lilly Potter style, which allows him to kill Voldemort without killing himself. He also has hacks (stone to bring him back to life, and an uber wand).

Snape went to the good side (Hogwarts, etc.) because he was all emo that Voldemort killed Lilly Potter.

Harry has three kids with Ginny. Ron and Hermoine fall in love.

Re:RIAA sucks! Here's why: (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19919257)

Please mod this guy down below -1. I on't need to see this ****

Damn straight! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19923933)

The scar had not pained Harry for 18 years. All was well.

Gulp (2, Funny)

UncleWilly (1128141) | about 7 years ago | (#19918227)

The papers sought $513 in attorneys fees...
The papers sought $513 in attorneys green fees

There, I fixed it

TFAs (1)

ukemike (956477) | about 7 years ago | (#19922795)

So if a hypothetical someone flamed out, "RTFA!" Which of the 8 linked articles would they be referring to? At a mere 5 minutes a piece, it would require 40 minutes just to get the background needed to comment. There was another post today about chasing a virus writer that had 4 linked articles. Maybe that's a bit much?

slippery slope (1)

Humorless Coward. (862619) | about 7 years ago | (#19918277)

Paying attorney's fees for litigants in vacated suits?
What's next? I, for one, welcome the RIAA eventually paying everyone to download members'
music from peer-to-peer sites...
... largely because pop music is crapola. Hmmm.. payola/crapola?

Which begs the question, how would the RIAA know whom to pay? Would they
invest as much time trying to find the rightful recipients? ;)

layer-ease (3, Interesting)

AndyMan! (31066) | about 7 years ago | (#19918279)

What does this actually mean?

Seriously!What's a default judgment, why is it being vacated, and how does this impact the case against Santagelo?

Re:layer-ease (1)

quibbs0 (803278) | about 7 years ago | (#19918321)

Ok I was going to ask too. What does this say in Laymens terms?

Re:layer-ease (4, Informative)

mddevice (74422) | about 7 years ago | (#19918461)

A default judgement is awarded when a defendant fails to respond or show up in court. To vacate is to basically cancel the judgement and give the defendant another chance. I'm not a lawyer, but I believe that's the basic idea.

Re:layer-ease (5, Informative)

Joren (312641) | about 7 years ago | (#19918379)

Quoth Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] :

Default judgment is a binding judgment in favor of the plaintiff when the defendant has not responded to a summons or has failed to appear before a court. In a civil trial involving damages, a default judgment will enter the amount of damages pled in the original complaint. If proof of damages is required, the court may schedule another hearing on that issue. A defendant can have a default judgment vacated, or set aside, by filing a motion, after the judgment is entered, by showing of a proper excuse.

Re:layer-ease (1)

mooingyak (720677) | about 7 years ago | (#19918419)

IANAL, but...

A default judgment [wikipedia.org] is kind of like a forfeit in sports. One side wins because the other side didn't show up.

Re:layer-ease (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19919163)

What's a default judgment, why is it being vacated, and how does this impact the case against Santagelo?
What the hell is a Santagelo?

Just put a neat cross through it and we'll do the next one, OK?

Re:layer-ease (2, Funny)

Mister Whirly (964219) | about 7 years ago | (#19919765)

A cross between Santa and a Tangelo?

Re:layer-ease (1)

toadlife (301863) | about 7 years ago | (#19920589)

No. It's the mess made when Santa wrestles with a bunch of angels in a vat a Jello.

RIAA tactics (4, Interesting)

dna_(c)(tm)(r) (618003) | about 7 years ago | (#19919635)

IANAL etc, etc. But as far as I remember, the RIAA tactics were:

  1. Screenshot of IP address
  2. Open case against John Doe
  3. Get summary judgement, declaring the plaintiff guilty - obviously in his/her absence, so by default
  4. Determine identity of the 'John Doe'
  5. Pressure into hefty payments

The plaintiffs never had a chance to defend themselves. The judge apparently found these proceedings not entirely agreeable.

IANAL, but the legalese translation is: (4, Informative)

Jadware (1081293) | about 7 years ago | (#19918327)

Her attorney's didn't enter a plea (or something to that effect), RIAA 'won' by default, and now the judge nullified that default behavior.

Re:IANAL, but the legalese translation is: (1)

RespekMyAthorati (798091) | about 7 years ago | (#19931297)

IORAL*, but if the RIAA lost the argument that the original suit is based on, can they really continue? Or are they just posturing?
________________________________


*I Ordinarily Rent A Lawyer

Shoudn't really be any question (2, Interesting)

necro2607 (771790) | about 7 years ago | (#19918431)

Well, let's see.... if they don't have to cover her attorney fees, then this sets a nice example for future RIAA frivolous lawsuits. They'll learn they can file a lawsuit against someone, draw out the legal process and rack up attorney fees on both sides (small pennies for RIAA, huge huge cost to your average middle-class citizen). Then they can drop the case, and they know they've already cost the person hundreds or thousands of dollars. Somehow I feel that this kind of behaviour should NOT be tolerated for the slightest moment. We all know that's what the RIAA is doing, too..

Re:Shoudn't really be any question (4, Insightful)

Lumpy (12016) | about 7 years ago | (#19918951)

not really if you are middle class then you can easily afford legal insurance. that $45.00 a month I pay covers a lot of things with good lawyers all over the country. Middle class can easily afford this, Hell I blow $45.00 on lunch at times. Middle class is $55,000.00 to $170,000.00 so you have a crapload of cash so even if you have to go to court you can easily afford to drop $4500.00 on a lawyer if you needed to, sure that means the disney trip is out this Christmas but not the end of the world.

What it screws with is the poor. Poor cant afford $45.00 a month for legal insurance so they have to pay the big lawyers fees.

That is what they target, they target the poor. i have yet to see one middle class or rich person targeted by the RIAA because they know that those people have the means to fight back.

RIAA target the lower class, fake middle class, and the poor. Fake middle class are those that dont own anything but get credit up the wazoo to look like they are middle class, no they cant afford another $45.00 a month as they are already paying minimums to all their credit accounts... Yes there are lots of those out there sadly.

Re:Shoudn't really be any question (1)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | about 7 years ago | (#19919045)

Amazing, I can't believe I've never looked into something like this. Could you recommend a good service or two? I looked around on the web a little, but I'm not sure I know how to evaluate who's a shyster and who's legit.

Re:Shoudn't really be any question (3, Informative)

Lumpy (12016) | about 7 years ago | (#19919541)

http://www.araggroup.com/ [araggroup.com] is what I use. It's awesome and Has paid 100% for a divorce, a lawsuit against a business on the east cost that sent me a box of junk instead of what I paid for, as well as other smaller legal issues like getting me off of a traffic ticket that was going to be expensive.

you have a premium you pay and a "copay" depending on the problem, you may have a max and then pay afterwards but most of the time it covers a bulk of the lawsuit. (after X $$$ they cover 80%)

or type in google

"legal insurance" to get a bigger list.

Re:Shoudn't really be any question (2, Informative)

sumdumass (711423) | about 7 years ago | (#19920323)

I had this for tickets once in the early 90s. Not that exact company but the lawyer that showed up for me plead me guilty and got the judge to waive court costs. The idea was to keep the points off my license, not skip court costs, I could have done that by just paying the ticket.

So I guess my point is, Look around at see what others say about it too. Get some recommendations and endorsements if you can that aren't linked to from their site. I dunno if what happened to me was because of something I did or what but I wasn't happy with it. Especially since I had payed $30 or so a month on it for a little over two years before it happened.

As an attorney (2, Informative)

hawk (1151) | about 7 years ago | (#19920341)

I'm skeptical.

When I was in general practice, I got pitched by these things all the time, and never found one that was worth *my* end of things. I'm not denying that one could be made, but every one I saw had unbelievably low rates for what I would be paid--to the point that it didn't cover my overhead costs!

OTOH, the $45/month is higher than the premiums I used to see, so maybe it can cover a bit more.

hawk, esq

Re:Shoudn't really be any question (1)

nagora (177841) | about 7 years ago | (#19919605)

that $45.00 a month I pay covers a lot of things with good lawyers all over the country.

$45 EVERY MONTH!? Holy shit! What a waste of money. Maybe a better system would be to control the lawyers so that people don't have to live in fear of this sort of crap. Talk about a fucked up country.

Re:Shoudn't really be any question (1)

bcat24 (914105) | about 7 years ago | (#19919821)

'Tis the wonders of capitalism at work. It may seem unfair at times, but it's better than the alternatives.

Re:Shoudn't really be any question (2, Insightful)

nagora (177841) | about 7 years ago | (#19920231)

It may seem unfair at times, but it's better than the alternatives.

Err.. No, it isn't. At least, unrestrained capitalism (which is as based on fairytale notions as communism) is not better than the alternative forms of capitalism.

TWW

Re:Shoudn't really be any question (1)

sumdumass (711423) | about 7 years ago | (#19920425)

$45 a month isn't that bad. when you consider that a lot of things you could do that need a lawyer to help you with might also have you not working or without an income at the same time.

I pay my attorney $5000 a year for a retainer and haven't had to use him much at all. His $45 a month insurance lets you get lawyers specialized in both the area of law in question and the place where the suit or action is located. In the end, we are probably paying close to the same amount but he is more mobile then me.

The normal person with nothing to lose won't need a lawyer. It is the people with something to lose and those that are doing things that could require one. Most home owners will provide a lawyer if your sued for something on your property, sometimes car insurance will provide one (depending on your policy) if you are sued because of the car. Your other needs are if you own a business or need to go after someone else. It isn't like everyone needs this.

Re:Shoudn't really be any question (1)

jp10558 (748604) | about 7 years ago | (#19921727)

How do these things compare with some of the prepaid legal plans out there? Actually that looks just like the Legal Club of America version... pretty much the same.

Re:Shoudn't really be any question (1)

sumdumass (711423) | about 7 years ago | (#19922065)

Prepaid legal was what I had err what they called it. I know there are insurances available now that is more then prepaid.

Mine was specifically for drivers license issues and you basically pre-paid a retainer in case you need a lawyer. What the op was describing seems more like insurance where you have a co-pay and it covers something like 80% or something. If I didn't already have an excellent lawyer and law firm behind me, I would look into the insurance thing a little more. If I could afford both, I probably would have both, but only after looking into the reputation of the company first. I don't like to repeat my mistakes.

Hopefully the GP will chime in a little more on his experience with it.

Re:Shoudn't really be any question (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19925917)

His $45 a month insurance lets you get lawyers specialized in both the area of law in question and the place where the suit or action is located.

The real question is: does it cover suing your insurance company when they point to the clause which lets them get out of honoring their agreement?

Don't think they haven't put one (or more) in that contract.

They are lawyers, after all.

Re:Shoudn't really be any question (1)

orielbean (936271) | about 7 years ago | (#19923273)

It is an improvement over the olden days where someone who had more money or power than you, would simply treat you as they felt, and if you fought back, would have you slapped in irons, impressed in a navy, or various body parts removed. British Common Law was a big step forward for civilization. The lawyers aren't the problem here. They exist as a buffer between people with problems. Better a fight with lawyers than a fight with guns.

Re:Shoudn't really be any question (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19919665)

A crap load of cash? You obviously don't have a mortgage and a family to support. How much you make is not a good indicator of disposable income.

Re:Shoudn't really be any question (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19920885)

A- It was your choice to buy more house than you could afford, quit using it as an excuse.

B- I did it raising 3 kids 1 with leukemia.

C- Me and my wife only make $68,000. so we are lower middle class.

Middle class cant afford a new SUV every 2 years, the 1500sq foot home in that new subdivision and having all the kids wearing abercrombie and showing off their iPhones.

THAT is being a fake middle class who spends it like water and charges the rest.

I send my last child to private school, and all my cars are paid for because I buy used and never get more than a 36 month term on that 2 year old lease return that still looks new and only has 24,000 miles on it.

I have maybe $900 in credit card and signature debt. I'm not dumb and have to get that new 42 inch LCD for the living room a 37 works great. Hell the wife and I just spent $2000.00 each on some new bikes for fun. Why? because we can afford it and saved up for it.

We are financially responsible... how about you?

Re:Shoudn't really be any question (2, Informative)

Dambiel (115695) | about 7 years ago | (#19919875)

I agree that $45/month is a steal to have what amounts to a lawyer on retainer, especially if you have considerable assets to protect.

But, the middle class earning $55k to $170k? That seems high. Earning $170k puts you around the 95th percentile for household income, squarely in the upper class. $55k is about the 60th percentile, and I'm sure you don't mean to say that 60% of the U.S. is poor.

Households in the middle quintile have incomes between $36,000 and $57,657. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Household_income_in_ the_United_States [wikipedia.org] )

Re:Shoudn't really be any question (2, Informative)

UserChrisCanter4 (464072) | about 7 years ago | (#19920123)

But this is for the whole US, and buying power varies greatly. $170K in Kansas and $170K in NYC are very, very different. Especially when you start considering that progressive taxes further reduce the $170K vs. $55K, and that higher cost of living areas (NYC, SoCal, Chicago, etc.) often have higher taxes to go along with the higher cost of living.

The problem is that grouping the whole US ignores the cost of living in each area.

For comparison: In Houston, teachers make about $42K to start in most of the districts. A 2000 sq. ft. starter home in the 'burbs runs about $130K. Last time I checked, several California districts were paying $70K to start, but the median home in CA is $550K. This is on top of the higher total cost of living (food, gasoline, taxes, etc.) It is no trouble to get on the property ladder with $55K in some parts of the country, and virtually impossible in others. $170K might seem to be pushing the definition, but it would definitely fall squarely in the middle class in some places.

Re:Shoudn't really be any question (1)

bit01 (644603) | about 7 years ago | (#19920655)

not really if you are middle class then you can easily afford legal insurance. that $45.00 a month I pay covers a lot of things with good lawyers all over the country.

Your insurance company isn't a charity. Insurance pays for nothing, it simply averages out the costs and adds an overhead.

In your case paying $45/month means that over an adult lifetime of say 50 years you've paid $27,000 in real terms. That's a lot of opportunity lost

Yes, it may have reduced your worst case outcome but on average you're worse off.

---

"Advertising supported" just means you're paying twice over, once in time to watch/avoid the ad and twice in the increased price of the product to pay for the ad.

Re:Shoudn't really be any question (1)

falsified (638041) | about 7 years ago | (#19921993)

You could apply that logic to any type of insurance. Yeah, on average, you're better off having no insurance.

The reason we buy insurance is that so many of us have other-than-average things happen (example: Getting sued for tens of thousands of dollars for that 128 kpbs copy of "Fergielicious" you just had to have).

Re:Shoudn't really be any question (1)

bit01 (644603) | about 7 years ago | (#19922569)

You could apply that logic to any type of insurance. Yeah, on average, you're better off having no insurance.

True. For smaller costs that can be absorbed by your own cash flow insurance is never a good idea unless you have good reason to believe the insurance company is underestimating your level of risk.

For rare, expensive events that can't be covered by your own resources you have decide whether you want a high risk life with a higher return or a low risk life with lower return. Most people are conservative and assign a high cost to risk (you have only one life and the marginal benefit from the added income you would otherwise have is low) but it's a personal choice. There are also many risks that you can't insure against and the benefit of marginally reducing that total risk with insurance is debatable.

To put it another way: Insurance is nothing more than a bet. The insurance company is betting that they won't have to payout and you're betting they will. And you're playing against the house.

The reason we buy insurance is that so many of us have other-than-average things happen (example: Getting sued for tens of thousands of dollars for that 128 kpbs copy of "Fergielicious" you just had to have).

Perception, not the reality. It's been scientifically shown that people are poor at estimating risk. They tend to overestimate rare events (like being struck by lightning or winning the lottery) and underestimate common events (like crashing a car or having a medical emergency). People also drastically overestimate risks that have an agency (people) involved (like terrorism or being sued) and tend to underestimate risk for things that have no agency (not directly controlled by another person, like flooding or disease).

It's true that everybody, over the course of a lifetime, is likely to have "rare" events happen to them. But then, that's not rare is it, and the above arguments still apply.

---

Keep your options open!

Re:Shoudn't really be any question (3, Insightful)

griblik (237163) | about 7 years ago | (#19925255)

Fuck me. I knew the US was litigious, but you guys actually have personal legal insurance? Holy shit.

Have you guys ever considered that your legal system may be broken if normal people have to pay $500/year just in case someone sues them?

Re:Shoudn't really be any question (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19927015)

Normal people don't have to pay $500/year for personal legal insurance, because personal legal insurance is a fucking scam.

Re:Shoudn't really be any question (1)

CodeBuster (516420) | about 7 years ago | (#19921361)

We all know that's what the RIAA is doing, too..

Perhaps, but the RIAA and those they represent (i.e. the major record labels) might find themselves the target of a class action SLAAP [wikipedia.org] in retaliation for abusing the legal system in this way. That should at least be enough to make them think twice.

HERE'S THE WIND UP!! (1)

Eggplant62 (120514) | about 7 years ago | (#19918527)

I can't wait to see what the pitch is gonna be like. I predict a beanball to the tune of several million $$ in the plaintiff's favor.

Re:HERE'S THE WIND UP!! (1)

dilvish_the_damned (167205) | about 7 years ago | (#19918841)

...tune of several million $$ in the plaintiff's favor.

I think you mean the lawyers favor.

Re:HERE'S THE WIND UP!! (1)

nomadic (141991) | about 7 years ago | (#19919103)

I can't wait to see what the pitch is gonna be like. I predict a beanball to the tune of several million $$ in the plaintiff's favor.

You think the RIAA is really going to win millions here? Well that's a brave position to take on slashdot, at least...

$375/hour (2, Insightful)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | about 7 years ago | (#19919713)

Mr. Gabriel contended that the $225/hour asked by the Defendant's lawyer in Capital v Foster was far too high. Especially since it was such a simple and straightforward case. Yet he bills nearly twice that amount to other Defendants.

Shouldn't it be "reasonable" that attorney's fees on both sides of the case be billable at the same cost/hour?

Re:$375/hour (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#19921045)

Well, its probably because lawyers charge more in New York City then they do in Oklahoma City. After all, it is a _slightly_ more expensive place to do business.

Re:$375/hour (1)

NewYorkCountryLawyer (912032) | about 7 years ago | (#19931743)

Well, its probably because lawyers charge more in New York City then they do in Oklahoma City. After all, it is a _slightly_ more expensive place to do business.
Gabriel's a Denver, Colorado, lawyer. The rates in Denver, Colorado, probably aren't far off from the rates in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The difference is that he is representing multibillion dollar multinational cartels who have an endless stream of money to waste.

Re:$375/hour (1)

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) | about 7 years ago | (#19921325)

Mr. Gabriel contended that the $225/hour asked by the Defendant's lawyer in Capital v Foster was far too high. Especially since it was such a simple and straightforward case. Yet he bills nearly twice that amount to other Defendants. Shouldn't it be "reasonable" that attorney's fees on both sides of the case be billable at the same cost/hour?

I'm very confused about some subissues:

  • ...since it was such a simple and straightforward case: If it was simple, shouldn't it be reflected in the number of hours rather than cost per hour?
  • ...since it was such a simple and straightforward case: If it was so simple to disprove, shouldn't the people who brought it be detered from bringing extranous lawsuits?

Oh, I guess only two. But yes, I think a system of "whatever you pay your own lawyers is fair game for reasonable fees from the defendent" would be better. You could probably even get around all the "I only got $1 sotto voiceand a $50,000 different contract from the same company" cheating that would be attempted too.

Re:$375/hour (3, Interesting)

nomadic (141991) | about 7 years ago | (#19921811)

...since it was such a simple and straightforward case: If it was simple, shouldn't it be reflected in the number of hours rather than cost per hour?

It's like medicine; a neurosurgeon can charge more for his or her time than a general practitioner can. In law certain cases require specialized knowledge and experience (well, unless you want to lose). Representing someone in a slip and fall case is different than managing a $2 billion class action securities case, for example.

...since it was such a simple and straightforward case: If it was so simple to disprove, shouldn't the people who brought it be detered from bringing extranous lawsuits?

You can have a simple and straightforward case where there's no way to know for sure who the victor is going to be. If it all comes down to an iffy question (like was a stop sign visible or not), the case is simple but either side might have had a legitimate, non-frivolous claim.

Re:$375/hour (1)

NewYorkCountryLawyer (912032) | about 7 years ago | (#19931711)

Mr. Gabriel contended that the $225/hour asked by the Defendant's lawyer in Capital v Foster was far too high. Especially since it was such a simple and straightforward case. Yet he bills nearly twice that amount to other Defendants. Shouldn't it be "reasonable" that attorney's fees on both sides of the case be billable at the same cost/hour?
I don't thing the fees have to be equal. But I don't think it's fair for someone being paid $375 per hour for trying to push his "marginal and untested" theories about copyright law down the throats of innocent people should be able to challenge the "reasonableness" of a defendant's lawyer's fees at $225 per hour. And I don't think you can call it "simple" to be dealing with novel theories of law.

Blurb is confusing people (1)

iabervon (1971) | about 7 years ago | (#19920775)

This blurb needs a paragraph break. The stuff about Patti Santangelo at the end is entirely background and unrelated to the latest developments. The latest developments, discussed in the beginning, are in a case which is still in progress (and back to square one after the RIAA's end run was blocked by the court's sense of fairness). We know this because RIAA is asking to be paid for their trouble in attempting the end run unsuccessfully.

Re:Blurb is confusing people (1)

NewYorkCountryLawyer (912032) | about 7 years ago | (#19931621)

This blurb needs a paragraph break. The stuff about Patti Santangelo at the end is entirely background and unrelated to the latest developments.
Slashdot doesn't use paragraph breaks.

Re:Blurb is confusing people (1)

iabervon (1971) | about 7 years ago | (#19961855)

Yes it does. It just only shows the first paragraph on the front page, which I think would have been fine here. That's where the "Read {n} bytes more..." link comes from. With the slashdot audience, the more non-critical information you can hide past the jump, the better for people not getting wrong ideas.

RIAA: enjoy it while you can (0, Offtopic)

johnarama (1076177) | about 7 years ago | (#19925415)

I think the RIAA is just swinging the bat its last few times...it's only a matter of time until people all start using file-sharing apps that encrypt exchanges within a private network of friends (and the RIAA won't be able to track anyone down anymore)...one example of a great app that's growing in popularity is http://www.gigatribe.com/ [gigatribe.com]

RIAA wastes more money (1)

lordshipmayhem (1063660) | about 7 years ago | (#19927307)

Well, there's another $513 that the RIAA has wasted and will never get back. Let's hope they get hit with an order to pay the defendant's legal fees, too. A lot of decisions against them forcing them to pay their victims' legal fees may be just the cluestick beating they so desperately need.

List of RIAA "Frequent Plaintiffs" (1)

NewYorkCountryLawyer (912032) | about 7 years ago | (#19935617)

Several Slashdot members have suggested that, rather than just refer to the RIAA, I should give the names of the record labels that are responsible for these litigations, so that people will know whom to hold accountable. So I've compiled a list of the bad guys: [blogspot.com]

Arista
Atlantic
BMG
Capitol
Elektra
Fonovisa
Interscope
Lava
Loud
Maverick
Motown
Priority
SONY
UMG
Virgin
Warner
Check for New Comments
Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...