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RIAA Seeks Sanctions Against File-Swapper Defense Attorney
/ September 18, 2008 2:01 pm

Los Angeles – The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has filed court documents seeking sanctions against Ray Beckerman, an attorney who defends those accused of illegal file-sharing and runs a blog documenting those and other related cases, called Recording Industry vs. The People.

The RIAA accuses Beckerman of "vexatious litigation" and says he "has maintained an anti-recording industry blog during the course of this case and has consistently posted virtually every one of his baseless motions on his blog seeking to bolster his public relations campaign and embarrass plaintiffs."

It also accuses him of "providing false and misleading information" in a 2004 case where he represented an alleged file-swapper accused of copyright infringement.

The RIAA eventually dropped its complaint against that defendant, Marie Lindor — but is now also seeking sanctions her as well, for allegedly destroying evidence in the case.

"Complaining about Beckerman’s engaging in a publicity campaign seems to be deeply ironic given that the RIAA has said that its purpose in filing these lawsuits is to get publicity for its view that [P2P activity] is illegal and needs to be stopped," Electronic Frontier Foundation staff attorney Fred von Lohmann told Ars Technica.


Related Links: (Ars Technica)

1 Comment

  • The RIAA has just fallen on their sword this time. They must be sick of Ray supporting an ad supported free music model, rather than the antiquated CD Release Complex that we’ve been stuck with for the last 30 years.

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