RIAA case dismissed as 'speculation'

The Recording Industry Association of America had applied for judgement in the case of Interscope Records, UMG Recording and Atlantic Recording versus Yolanda Rodriguez, which had gone unanswered by the defendant. The legal challenge was filed against Rodriguez on 14 November 2006, and a summons was served exactly one month later. Rodriguez was accused of downloading copyrighted recordings and making them available for other internet users.

However, US senior district court Judge Rudi M Brewster said that the plaintiffs had not shown enough evidence to rule in their favour: "Plaintiff here must present at least some facts to show the plausibility of their allegations of copyright infringement against the defendant. Other than the bare conclusory statement that on 'information and belief' defendant had downloaded, distributed and/or made available for distribution to the public copyrighted works, Plaintiffs have presented no facts that would indicate that this allegation is anything more than speculation." The record companies have 30 days from the judgement to amend the complaint and serve it again.

News source: vnunet

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