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Class Action Suit Seeks To Reclaim $100M RIAA “Stole” From Fans

RIAA toiletpaper Harvard law professor Charles Nesson is joining forces with MInnesota attorney Kiwi Camera to file a class action suit demanding that the RIAA pay back the "$100M+" that the RIAA "stole" with its many lawsuits against downloaders.

Their case is based on two legal issues. First, that MediaSentry who reportedly gathered most of the evidence of alleged  illegal file sharing, was not a licensed investigator in many of the states that it was working.  Second, that "to prove copyright infringement, the RIAA needs evidence of that
infringement, of course, but it also needs to prove it owns the
copyrights in question. If it can't establish that fact, the case also
falls apart," Camera told ars technica. "They basically committed a technicall screw-up". He claims that RIAA lawyers provided the court with copies of their copyright registrations, bu they weren't "certified copies" required under
federal rules of evidence.

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  1. I think they should give some of the money back, if they can’t prove that they own the copyrights, ( which I’m sure they don’t have a bunch of them because I think that’s what happened when they were fighting with Napster in the begining).

  2. This is SOOOO ridiculous. If Doug Morris, Edgar Bronfman Jr etc Did not use there wise and mysterious minds to sell CD’s, because that’s what is coming into fashion these days, they would understand that the industry is changing. RIAA is like a kid that wants more ice cream at the ice cream store AND IS GETTING IT. The RIAA is a big stain on peoples shoe that won’t come off. RIAA should be boycotted for its lack of freedom it gives people. A big change in legislation is in order for the industry so that we are “open industry so we can create ideas and not a closed industry”, Gerd Leonhard. No more Jamie Thomas cases. No more greed from the RIAA. When the RIAA loses it will be a victory to the industry.

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