“Court: RIAA lawsuit strategy illegal” according to CNET

In an interesting setback to the RIAA a federal appeals court ruled that the special subpoena power claimed by the RIAA to fast track their lawsuits against illegal file swappers has itself been deemed illegal. This decision does nothing to change the fact that file swapping is illegal and wrong, just that the RIAA can’t side track the regular provisions of American law and use the DMCA to compel ISPs to identify illegal file swappers. This will make it more labour intensive on the RIAA but it doesn’t mean that the lawsuits will stop so keep that in mind the next time you are on Kazaa, at least in the United States. Were there enough acronyms in this post for ya? I’ll post again ASAP.

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