RIAA gives allegedly phony rap to innocent man

Posted by From the Web

Chicago (IL) - In yet another wave of suits filed against illegal music downloaders, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has filed a suit against various people in the Northern district of Illinois. However, one man seems to have gotten caught in the pirating web for no reason - and was able to convince the RIAA to withdraw the suit.

Paul Wilke, an Illinois resident, has been named in the suit, even though a hired professional systems expert confirmed that no peer-to-peer clients existed on his computer, according to a story on p2pnet.

Despite all the claimed victories the RIAA has seen in the past year, the issue with peer-to-peer music downloading still remains a problem, and the national organization continues to take legal action against people who own and share music illegally through P2P clients.

One of the problems is that lawyers of the RIAA assume that everyone with any amount of music files on their computers has gotten them illegally. At least, that's the situation that Wilke is supposedly facing. Apparently, he has some volume of music stored on his hard drive, but he claims they were all digitally obtained in a legal manner, through Itunes, or burned from CDs that he still owns, and that he is not illegally sharing the files with other Internet users. Wilke countered the accusation that he distributed those files on the Internet with saying that he never used file sharing software on his computer.

His attempts to resolve the claim brought against him were unsuccessful at first. He reportedly tried to dissolve the legal action through the Settlement Information Line, since he could not get through to the RIAA directly, but was only offered an opportunity to settle for $3750. However, the organization apparently was surprised by Wilke's move to consult an attorney who requested evidence from the RIAA in the framework of a summary judgment. The RIAA replied that it does not have enough evidence to prove its claims and agreed to a dismissal of the case.