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Boston Jane Doe Gives Her Name To RIAA
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2003-10-31
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Jane Doe, the Boston woman who's been fighting to keep her name from the RIAA after being accused of distributing copyrighted songs online, has identified herself.

"Her sense was that even if she prevailed, the recording industry would find another way to come after her," one of her lawyers, David Plotkin, is quoted as saying in a Boston Globe story.

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"It's a David and Goliath situation, and the Goliath just wasn't going to go away."

Jane Doe settled out-of-court and dropped her motion to quash a subpoena that had sought her name and address, reports Chris Gaither in the Globe.

The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and Plotkin had represented her without charge, arguing the subpoena violated her right to free speech and due process, after Boston College said it planned to reveal her identity, said the report, continuing that the precise amount of the settlement wasn't revealed, but that Plotkin said it was generally in line with previous file-sharing settlements of $5,000 or less.

She, "grew weary of the lawsuit and ended it by agreeing to pay a few thousand dollars without admitting or denying wrongdoing," he said.

An RIAA spokesman confirmed the out-of-court settlement but "declined to comment further".

However, Gaither quoted national ACLU staff attorney Aden J. Fine as saying, "The fact that there's a settlement here does not mean we're giving up the challenge to the procedures the RIAA is using or the statute itself that purportedly authorizes this subpoena."


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