Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Since the Big Four record label cartel started its sue 'em all marketing campaign, several victims have said they'd stand up to its RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). So far, none of them has due, primarily, to their lack of financial and, hence, legal resources. But this may change with New York's Patricia Santangelo.
The Big Four are using their now-standard Pay us or Else tactic, threatening her with civil court unless she can somehow come up with $7,500 to buy them off.
The lawsuits are a PR blitz custom-designed to indelibly mark men, women and children who share music and other files with each other online as vicious, hardened criminals out to deliberately bilk the honest, but beleagured, entertainment industry and its hard-pressed workers.
Meanwhile, none of the estimated 13,500 very ordinary Americans pilloried by the labels has been found guilty of anything because not one of them has ever appeared before a judge.
But Patricia Santangelo plans to fight and backing her is the New York law firm of Beldock Levine & Hoffman with Ray Beckerman in the front ranks.