Thursday, September 18, 2008

RIAA Outdoes Itself

Just when you think that things cannot get much crazier in the USA, they just have.

The RIAA is now trying to sanction Ray Beckerman, a terrific lawyer in New York who has had the temerity to ably and courageously defend alleged file sharers, and to host and run an important, outstanding and richly informative blog and veritable database concerning RIAA's reign of terror litigation against some 30,000 children, dead grandmothers and perfectly ordinary folks in between.

Here's the Wired Story. Here's the motion memorandum, in which there are several references to Ray's "anti-recording industry blog."

It uses the word "vexatious" or "vexatiously" about twenty times. The RIAA must surely be shocked, shocked at the very thought that there could be "vexatious" tactics and proceedings in American courts.

And speaking of absurd, the lead lawyer on the front of the memorandum in support of the motion, which is dated September 12, 2008 is none other than Richard Gabriel, former lead litigator the RIAA and who was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals on July 1, 2008.

Curious, to say the least.


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