It seems like RIAA has more problems on their plate. Having just lost 2 cases against supposed music pirates, you would think that they would re-think their choice of ‘rent-an-ambulance-chasing’ lawyer. RIAA however is plowing on regardless. There are two more high profile cases in the courts, and it is the same old boring story, it is people that RIAA thinks have stolen copyright material through a P2P (Peer to Peer) file sharing service.

Unfortunately for RIAA they have come up against Judge Richard A. Schell. He is the presiding judge in the UMG v. Lindor case. To bring you up to speed, in the Lindor case RIAA were allowed to ‘borrow’ the hard drive so that a tame ‘specialist’ could determine just how bad Lindor was. The unofficial, although court agreed upon timescale was that the hard drive would be returned by Oct/12. Apparently the RIAA experts were too busy talking about ‘digital forensics’ around the office coffee station rather than actually looking at the data, and so the hard drive is now destined for return on Jan/31/07.

Judge Schell is not impressed with RIAA over this obvious abuse of discovery evidence. Unfortunately for RIAA Judge Schell is also presiding over another of the outstanding cases Sony v Arellanes. In the latest go around Judge Schell has ordered that the hard drive in question be examined by an independent third party. I guess it’s only a matter of time before RIAA pull out of the Lindor and this latest case.

RIAA apparently is not very happy with this third party arrangement. One can only speculate about the reason for their unhappiness. Is it that an independent might be somewhat more independent than a hired gun?

If my math serves me correctly RIAA has sued over 11,000 people, and been successful in extorting money from about 4000 of them (settled out of court), so that leaves approximately 7000 suits outstanding. I wonder how many of those 7000 individuals are going to stand up and say “NO”.

It is clear that it will only take a few more embarrassments and RIAA is going to have a big credibility problem in court. Even worse, they are going to have a hard time meeting their lawyers BMW lease payments.

The mainstream press seems to be avoiding the RIAA story; the Blogosphere though is full of it. Long live the blog! A quick search shows this.

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