Thursday, July 24, 2003
If your name is on the list, please report to the RIAA immediately: Ghettobootybabe8, your subpoena is waiting for you. Same for you, munkeyspanker21 and sweetthang1421. In fact, if you've traded copyrighted music files under a Kazaa ID, you might want to check a list posted on the TechTV site of some of the targets of the Recording Industry Association of America's war on file swappers. The list was complied by Tech Live staffers who pored through those subpoenas that were available through the federal court system's paid online database, PACER. The Associated Press has been busy too, not waiting for ISPs to comply with the more than 900 subpoenas intended to uncover the real names behind the screen names of file traders. With a little digging, the AP located and contacted some of the targets, much to the consternation of some other unsuspecting members of their households. "Within five minutes, if I can get hold of her, this will come to an end,'' said Gordon Pate, 67, of Dana Point, Calif., when he was told that a subpoena had been issued over his 23-year-old daughter's music downloads. The RIAA, believing the only route to identifying targets was through their ISPs, was a bit befuddled by these public outings. "It's not a scenario we had truthfully envisaged," said the group's president, Cary Sherman. "If somebody wants to settle before a lawsuit is filed it would be fine to call us, but it's really not clear how we're going to perceive this."