June 6, 2007 | By Hugh D'Andrade

Innocent Mother Beats Back RIAA Lawsuit

Ars Technica reports that another innocent person has successfully stood up to the RIAA's misguided lawsuit campaign. Tanya Andersen, a disabled single mother who was sued in 2005 by the RIAA, went to court to fight the accusations. Forensic researchers were unable to find any trace of illegal downloading on her computer, and both parties have now agreed to a dismissal.

Andersen was essentially exonerated of any wrongdoing and can now ask the court to make the RIAA cover her attorneys' fees. Meanwhile, she has filed a countersuit against the record industry.

This isn't the only time the RIAA had to cough up court costs when an innocent person fought back. Recently, Debbie Foster, a single mom who was improperly sued by the RIAA back in 2004 for file sharing, won back her attorneys' fees. That decision was one of the first in the country to award attorneys fees to a defendant in an RIAA case over music sharing on the Internet.


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