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The RIAA vs. John Doe, a layperson's guide to filesharing lawsuits

This is an extensive overview of the RIAA lawsuit process which shows that RIAA usually has no real evidence for their accusations and is apparently allowed by the US legal system to exploit the law to the full extent. The defendant (the victim, in essence) does not know that they are being sued until they get a letter informing them and disarming them of ways to defend at the same time. The victim usually has no other choice but to settle, as otherwise it risks loosing everything they have. Settlement contracts are designed in a largely one sided way leaving basically all options open for RIAA and no options of any sort of indemnity for the victim. The settlement ends up being, quite simply, an extortion of money which is then fed back to this corrupt RIAA "legal machine". --Read article