February 05, 2005

There's no escaping the long arm of the music industry

Gertrude Walton has been named as the sole defendant in a lawsuit filed by the music industry in their latest shot in the battle against music piracy. The lawsuit claims that Walton, under the screen name smittenedkitten, made available over 700 rock, pop and rap songs for sharing.

Couple of problems with that. According to her daughter, her mother objected to having a computer in the house.

"My mother was computer illiterate. She hated a computer," Chianumba said. "My mother wouldn't know how to turn on a computer."

Another problem is that Gertrude Walton died a month ago, at age 83.

"I believe that if music companies are going to set examples they need to do it to appropriate people and not dead people," Chianumba said. "I am pretty sure she is not going to leave Greenwood Memorial Park (where she is buried) to attend the hearing."

An RIAA spokeman said that obviously, the lawsuit would be dismissed.

That *pop* sound you hear is someone pulling their head out of their ass.

Posted by Ted at February 5, 2005 12:27 PM
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