Could Tanya Anderson be the only person in the U.S. with the courage to stand up to the RIAA? Maybe so... she's filed a class action lawsuit against the group, claiming that they've used a number of illegal methods to build a case against her. She even claims that they impersonated her daughter's grandmother on the phone in an attempt get evidence. This will open the door for all sorts of people to jump in, and could create a counterforce to the RIAA's suing machinations.
The suit claims things like negligence, fraud and misrepresentation, racketeering and corruption, abuse of the legal process, malicious prosecution, outrage and intention to inflict emotional distress, computer fraud and abuse, trespassing, invasion of privacy, libel, slander, deceptive business practices, misuse of copyright laws, and civil conspiracy.
Let's back up and look at how this all happened. The RIAA originally had identified Tanya Anderson through a Jane Doe inquiry, saying that she owed them hundreds of thousands of dollars for copyright infingement from trading music files with P2P software like KaZaA. She said she never used any of the P2P programs.
Anderson thinks that the RIAA intimidates people through threatening litigation to maintain their monopoly over the music industry. She's including the following groups in the suit: RIAA, MediaSentry, the Settlement Support Center, Atlantic Recording Corporation, Priority Records, Capitol Records, UMG Recordings, and BMG Music.
“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,” she said recently when speaking to P2Pnet.
The class action suit could ultimately include everyone the RIAA has ever tried to sue, and create the kind of momentum necessary to have a fair legal case on the merits of the evidence. Who knew that in today's America you could actually get crazy things like fair legal cases?