When is a music "Pirate" not a music pirate?

Hmmm. Maybe when the agent for the RIAA has the wrong facts?

A new article in BusinessWeek chronicles the tale of a 40 something single mom in Oregon who got “served” by what was then the “Settlement Support Center” allied with the RIAA – claiming that she owed them thousands of dollars..apparently because they had attributed the downloads spoofed IP address that Verizon said she had used for downloading.

Fascinating read.

The claims against this woman, Tanya Anderson, have finally been dropped. But now, an attorney who defended her is waging a major lawsuit against the recording industry.

A major takeaway on this article: the lawsuit is about the behaviors of the RIAA against people wrongly accused of music pirating. Folks who HAVE been illegally downloading still have plenty to worry about.


About sehanley

Musician, journalist, teacher, technologist, consultant & former NPR station manager. A media and entertainment professional, journalist, entrepreneur, technology advocate, educator, student, mentor, manager, and media, musical and theatrical performer. Voice talent and coach for music and spoken word. I also act and sing (mostly jazz, but a lot of experience with choral, classical and musical theater, too). Brass instruments, too, but my AF ofM card lapsed years ago. Heard on the national jazz service, PubJazz, and in the Pittsburgh market on WZUM/Pittsburgh Jazz Channel. I also teach college level courses in media and journalism. I managed the leading NPR/public radio station in Pittsburgh, PA for 16 years, a few years later was GM of the NPR station WBHM in Birmingham, AL. I served for six very busy years on the NPR Board of Directors and have done much volunteer service for national and local organizations in the communities I have been privileged to live and work in. Former NPR Board Member, former President of the Pittsburgh Radio Organization, sometime musician, relentless technology advocate. Opinions expressed are not the viewpoints of any employer or affiliation past or present.
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