RIAA Suddenly Walks Away from Longstanding P2P Case

. Thursday, June 12, 2008

And it may have shot itself in the foot for doing soo

The RIAA brought an abrupt end (PDF) to the longstanding copyright trial Warner v. Cassin earlier this month, after filing a sudden motion to dismiss late last May.

The dismissal, approved by the White Plains, New York court on June 4, was discovered Wednesday by Ray Beckerman of copyright blog Recording Industry vs. The People. He notes that discussions had just begun on the principle of "making available" -- that is, offering a file for download via a P2P client's "shared folders" feature. With recent case history suddenly shifting towards the defendant, instead of the RIAA, it appears that the case may have been dropped in order to snuff out another unfavorable ruling.