After being pressured and condemned throughout the blogoshere, the RIAA dropped the Scantlebury case.
Owned by Warner Music, Sony BMG, EMI and Vivendi Universal, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has been forced into ignominious retreat after harrasing Larry Scantlebury and then telling his children it would generously allow them 60 days to mourn for their father, who died this June, before continuing with this element of their bizarre sue ‘em all marketing campagn.
“Our hearts go out to the Scantleberry family for their loss,” says RIAA mouthpiece Jonathan Lamy unblushingly in what will certainly go down as one of the most disgustingly fulsome statements ever to be issued by an organization that’s infamous for its bald-faced lies.
“We had decided to temporarily suspend the productive settlement discussions we were having with the family,” says Lamy, quoted in Boing Boing.
“Mr. Scantleberry had admitted that the infringer was his stepson, and we were in the process settling with him shortly before his passing. Out of an abundance of sensitivity, we have elected to drop this particular case.”
“Query,” posts Ray Beckerman on Recording Industry vs The People.
“What do they mean by ‘this particular lawsuit’? The lawsuit against the decedent would have had to be withdrawn anyway. Are they going to now sue Mr. Scantlebury’s son? Or have they given the Scantlebury family enough grief’?”