Thursday, August 30, 2007

Slashdot | Record Company Collusion a Defense to RIAA Case?

Slashdot | Record Company Collusion a Defense to RIAA Case?


in the ongoing case of Marie Lindor vs. RIAA. She alleges:

the plaintiffs, who are competitors, are a cartel acting collusively in violation of the antitrust laws and of public policy, by tying their copyrights to each other, collusively litigating and settling all cases together, and by entering into an unlawful agreement among themselves to prosecute and to dispose of all cases in accordance with a uniform agreement, and through common lawyers, thus overreaching the bounds and scope of whatever copyrights they might have


For those not familiar in legalese. my basic understanding is this
you've got a dozen or more companies, who should be competitors in the marketplace, with copyrighted works, working together, and sharing info, in order to sue people over those copyrights. therefore breaking anti-trust (monopoly) laws.