Daily Archive for August 11th, 2006

CEA joins in to gang up on RIAA

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has released a statement regarding RIAA’s audio broadcast flag demands.

The statement feels like a smackdown. It’s like an adult putting down a petulant child in front of all his classmates.

It hasn’t been a good week for RIAA. First they got spanked by every civil liberties / free speech advocacy organization in the country, and now they’re getting chewed on by an organization they NEED as a partner to get the boneheaded audio broadcast flag into tomorrow’s radios.


EFF, AALL, ACLU and Public Citizen gang up on RIAA

I guess RIAA’s just been called out. The acronym combination is kind of like the royal flush of free speech / civil liberties advocates in the US. I wonder if such a combination has ever joined together against an organization such as RIAA before.

EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation), AALL (American Association of Law Libraries), ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and Public Citizen have filed an amicus brief in favor of Deborah Foster’s motion to have RIAA pay for her legal fees.

RIAA sued Ms. Foster claiming she was sharing copyrighted content on a P2P network. RIAA withdrew the case after dragging the case for months when they already knew Ms. Foster wasn’t guilty (her daughter was).

The brief is fascinating reading and outlines in plain english RIAA’s legal tactics.

EFF’s press release and the brief about the brief can be found at EFF’s website.