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March 5, 2008

RIAA Investigation Methods Subpoenaed

There's an interesting story over at Ars Technica about the latest move from a file-sharing defendant that the RIAA is furiously fighting.  The defendant in UMG v. Lindor has subpoenaed information about the software and techniques used by MediaSentry, the company that gathers evidence for the RIAA.  Typically, the RIAA uses the defendant's computer to provide evidence of file sharing.  This case is different.  The defendant never owned a computer and the search of her deceased husband's computer shows no evidence of file sharing.  The only tie is the username jlindor@kazaa. 

The RIAA has a tendency to cut and run when cases look like losing propositions.  Not here, though it doesn't seem to be in the best interests of the Association to create a precedent where they would have to turn over the demanded information, or another where a KaZaA username was the only evidence it could muster.  On the other hand, a revelation as to how file sharers get flagged would be really interesting.  This is a case to watch.

The story is here, with links to the documents in the case.  Justia has the complaint online.

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