RIAA Subpoenas can be Ignored

A Massachusetts district court dealt the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) a serious setback by rejecting its Washington, D.C., subpoenas for the identities of Massachusetts students. For the moment, MIT and Boston College need not respond to the RIAA demands.

Today's ruling requires the recording industry to file subpoenas where it alleges that copyright infringement occurs, rather than blanketing the country from one court in D.C., said Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Staff Attorney Wendy Seltzer. The court ruling confirms that due process applies to Internet user privacy nationwide.

Massachusetts District Judge Joseph Tauro granted requests from MIT and Boston College to reject RIAA subpoenas demanding identities of students the RIAA claims are violating copyright. The subpoenas are part of a nationwide effort by the RIAA to identify and crack down on alleged copyright violators using peer-to-peer (P2P) software to share music on the Internet.

We urge other colleges and Internet service providers to take similar steps to protect their users' privacy, said EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. ISPs should notify users whose information is sought, and fight against improper subpoenas.

Pacific Bell Internet Services has filed suit in California complaining of the threat to subscribers' privacy and the burden on Internet service providers. The RIAA has reportedly filed more than 2,000 subpoenas through the D.C. court and has announced plans to sue file-sharers later this month.

EFF offers an online database users can check to see whether their identities have been subpoenaed by the RIAA. EFF urges concerned citizens to learn more about ways to make filesharing legal while getting artists paid as part of the Let the Music Play Campaign.

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RIAA Subpoenas can be Ignored

Isn't it too bad I live in Ohio. I think I'm under survailence by the RIAA anyway, no matters, dumb as it sounds all im going to do is format my harddrive and deny it up and down, they cannot get the list of files I share anyway, all they can really do is monitor the ones I download. BUT! I dont really care about the $120,000 fine, I live right near the Canadian border.

RIAA Subpoenas can be Ignored

hey RIAA, i have great idea how to stop it this sharing, pay me a 1 dollar and i will tell you. wait f**k it i will tel you anyways just f**king drop dead and shove your overprice cd up your ass... well let me go and download some more mp3 just to make those overpaid fat f**k ceo's mad. wait they might use this against me, wasn't me the said that was my evil brother, HA HA HA .

RIAA Subpoenas can be Ignored

Sorry guys but this is far from over. This ruling just forces them to file subpoenas in the area the infringement is taking place. A pain for them, yes, but not impossible. And besides - this is a district court ruling, which leaves room for appeal.What we REALLY need is something to strike down the DMCA, or some way to change it to protect internet privacy and prevent ISPs from being liable. If the DMCA can't touch the ISPs, the ISPs wont touch the end users; if the DMCA is changed to protect internet privacy, the ISPs won't give any information.On a side note: How the HELL did that DMCA get through Congress??? Damned idiot politians can't tell a monitor from a TV, or a keyboard from a typewriter.

RIAA Subpoenas can be Ignored

Please, anyone who cares, go to [url removed] and sign the online petition against the RIAA. The more signatures there are, the more they'll realise the public won't put up with this kinda stuff. Maybe Megagames could put the link in a main article somewhere, I'm sure more people would read that than this comment. Cheers.

RIAA Subpoenas can be Ignored

1. Latest version of Kazaa Lite ([url removed] blocks the IPs the RIAA and other groups use for this stuff2. RIAA probably will sue everyone they can get their hands on; once they get one success they can then claim precedent to settle the others cheap and fast.3. I'm in the UK so RIAA CAN'T TOUCH ME! HA!

RIAA Subpoenas can be Ignored

Yes, but of course, the new kazaa lite willprotect you from the RIAA, when they aren't even the ones doing the tracking.They contract out their dirty work to companies like bay tsp media defender etc.And those tracking companies have many hundreds (if not thousands) of IP numbers, and allocating more everyday.So, unless you can update the IP ranges as soon as Bay TSP, Media defender etc aquire them, it won't do a damn bit of good.Every little bit helps yes, but to think the the new kazaa lite will actually protect is beyond erroneous thinking.And I am not aware that the new K lite allows for manually updating "bad" ip ranges. Wow, i feel secure, they blocked 125,000 IP ranges that are over 2 months old, that will keep the riaa off your front porch and you our of COURT for CERTAIN! errrr yeah........

RIAA Subpoenas can be Ignored

Hey there UK guy, the EU is doing the same. And if you think they cant sue you because you dont make any money. Thats fine. They will just take your paycheck for the rest of your life untill you pay the fine. You kids need to realise that this isnt a game. They will find you if they want to, and there is nothing you can do about it. You can complain all you want, does'nt change their view of it. YOU ARE STEALING.

RIAA Subpoenas can be Ignored

how can they sue filesharerers. i think there is pretty much not 1 person with a pc who hasnt downloaded a song before. i bet even bill gates has at one point.anyway it looks like the riaa will be ruling the country after they sue like 10 billion people and they are the only people left who arent in jail.do you not think they should concentrate more on catching people who copy and sell their cd's rather than someone downloading a few songs they cant get anywhere else to listen to on their pc. after all i had like 2000 mp3's on my pc but if i didnt have a pc then the chances are i would have only bought maybe 1 or 2 cd's anyway and i generally buy originals of cd's i like after ive downloaded and heared them.

RIAA Subpoenas can be Ignored

Believe it or not, they are not doing this in the EU. See, the RIAA is an *American* organisation, and they have sufficient pull with the *American* government (who, as mentioned earlier, wouldn't know a PC from a toaster) as well as a bunch of loopholes in the *American* Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). Since they would need to get similar laws passed on this side of the atlantic to be able to continue their, at the very least, questionably legal proceedings (I don't claim to know anything about the US constitution), I feel quite safe; we have no existing loopholes for them to exploit. Beyond that, I have heard no mention of the RIAA or any other group even considering targeting file sharers in the UK and Europe. As for the IP ranges, I don't particularly care since I've got several thousand miles of ocean between them and me, but even if the ranges are old, it doesn't follow necessarily that the groups they use to track sharers will change their IP's, and if they do I suspect Kazaa Lite will simply update the blocklist. That aside, K-Lite has a few other features that will at least impede RIAA and associates, including stopping them from getting a list of all your files, which prevents them from filing a massive lawsuit for hundreds of breaches of copyright; the most they can get you for is a small fine for one or two illegal songs. As I see it, surely any protection is better than none?

RIAA Subpoenas can be Ignored

I'll start off this rant with one simple statement. 'Proud to be Canadian', in this case anyay. I'm glad to live in a Country where lazy, overpaid, liberals run the country. It doesn't work to my advantage often, but in this case it has.The RIA of 'AMERICA' can sue people till their blue in the face, pitty they'd have to cross a boreder to get to me. But that's beside the point here.The RIAA has to realize that the way people get / listen to their music is changing. Everything runs in a circle, and the model is changing back to what it used to be, all about the artists. No more people in big offices getting rich and claiming that all that money is going for 'advertising'. That's the biggest load a crap I've ever heard.Oh, and to the fell that said it's steal. Your point? Mp3s actually get a lot of people interested in a broader range of music. I'm in that catagory. I rarely ever bought CDs until I got Mp3s. Now, I buy them a lot. Why? because I want to support the artists which I think are creating good music. I believe a lot of people share that view with me.

RIAA Subpoenas can be Ignored

Anonymousat 22:30 10/8/2003Hey there UK guy, the EU is doing the same. And if you think they cant sue you because you dont make any money. Thats fine. They will just take your paycheck for the rest of your life untill you pay the fine. You kids need to realise that this isnt a game. They will find you if they want to, and there is nothing you can do about it. You can complain all you want, does'nt change their view of it. YOU ARE STEALING.Your wrong, I'm a bum living in a shack using the free internet and I download alot of music, even it takes long to download. I dont have a pay cheque. All I have is a rotton bed and a 177 year old tv with a pentium 2 computer. It's basically almost a abandoned house.So they will get NOTHING FROM ME!.So I will laugh at them for the rest of my life!. When I'm in jail, it will be cool because I get a decent bed, a tv and free food and get to work out.

RIAA Subpoenas can be Ignored

Me got da sneeby jeeby and wheeby deeby for yo cash.All you motha f**kers gotta pay. Why?? Cuz, I'm the mother f**ken R I A A.You can't touch my paeotay. Cuz its always my f**ken pay day.God bless the U.S.A. I can do whatever I want and act real gay. Just gotta pay the man, and rub the politician's feet. But when I'm all done, I smoke finest sheet.I can rip off good bands, act like a snob, and tell any mother f**ker to suck on my nob.But then came the mp3. That damn file is driving me crazy. I try to stop em, but their smarter than me. The sales are down, competition is up. Everyone still want me, just not as much. Britney's gone bad, she slept with my wife. And every pretend pirate is waiving a knife.I was all outa options, what do I do. So I called up a lawyer and we decided to sue.We started with the threats. Let the millions know, that they can't have my stuff, cuz its mine... you know. I feel really bad that I gotta sue the whole, but I'm doing it anyway cuz I'm an ass hole.So I fired up my macintosh and hit the internet. I logged on to kazaa and started to download. I found some cool games, and a movie of bruce lee. Then I remembered here, it was cuz I'm running outa money, but I can still inflict fear.So I grabbed some IPs and what they were sharing, and threw on some cash to show my caring. Put it in a box marked RIAA. I sent that f**ker out the very next day. I did this again till my free AOL hours ran out and now I've served thousands and I will begin to sue.Why?? Cuz, I'm the mother f**ken RIAA, God Bless the USA.

RIAA Subpoenas can be Ignored

Looks like the almighty Dollar took RIAA-s mind or never had it all along.Messing with the public hmmm not good.And how not good it is ? They will drove ecomomy dry means they are screwed them self.Legally subpoenas inappropriately issued.The so called evidence is inadmissible but The judge has no idea about the illegally aquaired items on court.soundslike the shit will hit the fan and play domino fall in violation game.Why ? for instance RIAA (if)wins they will have to give it to MIcrosoft for violating the EULA (the windows user agreement)using spy software to aquire illegal information and risking the network security in this already virus infected situation? And Internet providers for damages they caused,BTW Virus? hmmm if i am not mistaking the last time i heard the sobig worm was collecting e-mail addresses and sent them out in your name ,In my opinion yes it is possible this virus collected other information and encrypted with all the message its automatically sent out to millions of PC users and to RIAA.i might be incorrect ,but what if i am not ?

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