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 June 22, 2009  Posted by  Business, Court, Online, U.S.

When a middle-aged New Hampshire woman was accused of sharing songs like “Jigga My Nigga” using BearShare, she initially thought that her federal lawsuit from the recording industry was some kind of “scam”—and she almost paid the price for not showing up in court.

But she fought back with the help of the Franklin Pierce Law Center, and has just settled with the recording industry. No money changed hands, the lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice, and the deal releases her whole family from liability—the RIAA won’t be dropping that suit just to file another targeting the kids.

Nate Anderson of Ars Technica reports on the Mavis Roy case and discusses an expert witness report (pdf) by Dr. Sergey Bratus that questioned the reliability of techniques for identifying a computer by IP address alone.

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