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    RIAA Goes After the Wrong Gal 04:02 PM Sep. 24, 2003 PT

    BOSTON -- In a possible case of mistaken identity, the recording industry has withdrawn a lawsuit against a 66-year-old sculptor who claims never to have even downloaded song-sharing software, let alone used it.

    Sarah Seabury Ward, of Newbury, Massachusetts, and her husband use their computer to e-mail with children and grandchildren, said Electronic Frontier Foundation attorney Cindy Cohn, who has worked with the family. They use a Macintosh, which cannot even run the Kazaa file-sharing service they are accused of using illegally.

    Nonetheless, Ward was one of 261 defendants sued by the recording industry this month for illegal Internet file sharing. Ward was accused of illegally sharing more than 2,000 songs, including rapper Trick Daddy's "I'm a Thug."

    An attorney for the Recording Industry Association of America withdrew the case Friday, calling the move a "gesture of good faith" but writing in a letter to Ward's attorney that the organization would continue to look into the matter and reserved the right to re-file.

    RIAA spokeswoman Amy Weiss said Wednesday the group believes the computer address -- known as an Internet protocol (IP) address -- provided by Comcast, Ward's Internet service provider, is correct and the organization still believes it has the right account.

    Cohn said she expects more cases like this to emerge, given the difficulties of tying IP addresses to particular individuals. She said Internet service providers like Comcast don't have enough IP addresses for each user, so they shuffle them around, and it is difficult to track which addresses were assigned to a particular account.

    "This is what happens when you sweep away all the due process protections and all the privacy protections," Cohn said. "Those are the kinds of things that would stop this before it gets to the stage where you sue some nice old lady who did nothing wrong."

    Comcast spokeswoman Sarah Eder declined to comment specifically on Ward's case, but said the company has helped the recording industry to match IP addresses with users' names, but only in cases where Comcast is legally bound to do so.

    Ward's husband and attorney declined to comment.

    Weiss said this was the only case the RIAA had withdrawn, but Cohn said her group was investigating several others that may involve mistaken identity. Cohn said more than half of the defendants who have contacted her group claim another member of their household was doing the file sharing.

    The RIAA certainly is willing to go directly after the offending family members, as in the case of Brianna LaHara, a 12-year-old honors student from New York who was named as one of the 261 defendants. Her mother settled the case for $2,000 and an apology from Brianna.

    RIAA after Wrong Gal

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    Broken's Avatar Obama Supporter
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    yea, we all know the old people were up to no good.

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    Wise Kvcd Maker/PIMP
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    Downloading that porn, and using viagra. But foreal that is messed up man the RIAA just needs too quit and be more like the MPAA and just not do nothing.

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    no, i don't think it was mistaken identity, i think it was Cary Sherman's granpa (disguising as granma)

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    I caught a sound bite of this on CNN and got mad as hell on HOW they said it.
    It was said that:
    RIAA showed 'mercy' by letting her go.

    Rather than RIAA 'apologized' for its mistake.

    This is like showing 'mercy' to a convicted murderer by changing their sentance from death to life imprisonment when it's discovered he was totally innocent.

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    WHAT! They showed mercy? They didn't show shit they messed up I bet their faces were looking real stupid when they found out they had pinned some grandparents.

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    Well this is just typical of RIAA isn't it??!!!

    They're so stupid!!

    Mercy??!!! They wouldn't know what mercy was if it hit them over the head!! LOL !!

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    I showed RIAA's president mercy when I fucked his wife again and again

    fucking idiots

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    When I read it right, RIAA only recalled its henchmen when they found out they where suing a MAC user for running KaZaA. Something that is a <bit> unlikely. Had gramps been using a PC they would have tried to collect the full &#036; 150.000 without the slightest remorse.

    When finally one of the RIAA victims goes to trial, the judge will hopefully remember this screw up.

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    The RIAA etc are like a PitBull that&#39;s not on a leash, it&#39;s going after anyone it can and doesn&#39;t give a shit if they&#39;re right or wrong aslong as they scare the crap out of everyone :-(

    I think that the RIAA should be scrutinized to see exactly what they&#39;re really upto as i&#39;d not be surprised if they&#39;ve really got some secret agenda (perhap&#39;s they&#39;re actually the one&#39;s that release all these stolen/pirate movies, game&#39;s etc&#33;? lol) to take over the world and once they&#39;ve done so they&#39;ll up the price&#39;s of all media format&#39;s by 1000% just to get even more money for mostly junk&#33;&#33; lol

    That line about them showing "mercy" is like they&#39;re calling themselves God&#39;s, saying they&#39;re better and more important than anyone else :-(

    I was going to say something in their defence here, but I can&#39;t be assed as it&#39;s more fun to slag them off given how they treat us lowely people who don&#39;t have high-paid job&#39;s and live in nice big mansion&#39;s like movie star&#39;s do lol

    Sniper.

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