RIAA sues dead woman

This one belongs in the annals of ultimate justice. In its zeal to track down and punish its best customers, the recording industry muscled its way to the door of 83-year old Gertrude Walton in Charleston, West Virginia. The only problem is the poor woman died a month earlier following a long illness. She didn’t own a computer and, according to her daughter, hated the things.

The daughter told the Associated Press that she faxed a copy of her mother’s death certificate to record company officials several days before the lawsuit was filed, in response to a letter from the company regarding the upcoming legal filing.

The RIAA now says it was a mistake and that they’ll dismiss the case.

Oh really.

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