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Former RIAA Defendant Fires Back, Big Time

August 17, 2007

P2Pnet has the scoop about former Recording Institute Association of America litigant Tanya Andersen filing a class action lawsuit against the RIAA and the four major music labels (some would call them a cartel). It’s Tanya’s turn now.

“I think it is really disgusting what the RIAA and these other companies have done to me and people like me,” Andersen tells p2pnet.

“They have made my life a mess, put my life on hold, and created a lot of damage. I’ve been treated like a criminal for something I never did. My life will never be the same. I feel these companies should be ashamed and held responsible for what they have done. I don’t care who someone is, they shouldn’t be allowed to attack an innocent person and make their life a living nightmare.

“I hope what I’m doing can help not only myself, but others like myself, who have been put under this same type of unnecessary attack.”

As part of the class action filed in behalf of what Andersen and her attorney Lory Lybeck believe are "30,000 RIAA victims, they are asking for compensation for “significant damages caused by the Defendants” in addition to punitive damages, statutory penalties, litigation fees and expenses and equitable relief.

Oh, but that's not all.

According to p2pnet, Andersen is citing negligence, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, federal and stateRICO, abuse of process, malicious prosecution, intentional infliction of emotional distress, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, trespass, invasion of privacy, libel and slander, deceptive business practices, misuse of copyright law, and civil conspiracy.

Being sued are:

  • The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America)
  • MediaSentry and its owner, SafeNet
  • The Settlement Support Center, a Washington company operating as the debt collection arm for the defendants’ “coordinated enterprise to pursue a scheme of threatening and intimidating litigation”
  • Atlantic Recording Corporation, Priority Records, Capitol Records, UMG Recordings, and BMG Music who filed Atlantic Recording Corp., et al v. Andersen, No. CV 05-933 AS (D Or) action against Andersen
    The RIAA.

MediaSentry is singled out for special criticism. The complaint says that MediaSentry “assists the RIAA and its controlled member companies in their coordinated enterprise to pursue a scheme of threatening and intimidating litigation against tens of thousands of private U.S. citizens,” (and) “conducts illegal, flawed and negligent investigations for the RIAA and its controlled member companies.".

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