RIAA sues the wrong person

Sep 24, 2003 18:33 · 110 words · 1 minute read

It will be a miracle if the recording industry survives the PR fiasco they’re creating for themselves. The latest is that the RIAA filed a lawsuit against a woman who was clearly not a file trader:

But [defendant Sarah] Ward, 66, is a “computer neophyte” who never installed file-sharing software, let alone downloaded hard-core rap about baggy jeans and gold teeth, according to letters sent to the recording industry’s agents by her lawyer, Jeffrey Beeler.

Other defendants have blamed their children for using file-sharing software, but Ward has no children living with her, Beeler said.

Moreover, Ward uses a Macintosh computer at home. Kazaa runs only on Windows-based personal computers.