Not exactly a criminal defense matter. These cases were dealt with on the “civil” end of the law. Still, the RIAA made innocent people feel like criminals. “…it created a public-relations disaster for the industry, whose lawsuits targeted, among others, several single mothers, a dead person and a 13-year-old girl.” Classy. Way to go RIAA.
In the alternative, the RIAA is going to work with the Internet Service Providers (and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo) to stem the flow of music downloads. This has been the strategy of the movie industry. Letters and emails go out to the alleged offender telling them to cease and desist. RIAA is still reserving the right to sue anyone that ignores the warning letters from the Internet Service Provider. Read the full article here.