But one mom decided not to settle. You see, her 13-year old daughter had been using a P2P file sharing program, and she didn't know that until the court order was delivered to her. Because the child is a minor, the RIAA can't sue her, so they sue the mother, who they claim is responsible for the behaviour of her child.
Of course, 13-year olds are more computer-literate than their parents. The mom in question didn't even know what was going on. She didn't get a warning from the RIAA, or the chance to stop the filesharing to ward off the lawsuit.
So the mom invited the RIAA to take her to court -- where she claimed to be innocent of the crime the RIAA sues her for. And the judge agreed with the mom.
I have mixed feelings about this outcome. While it is no secret that I have little love for the RIAA, I do think that it is important that parents are responsible for the behaviour of their children. If a 15-year old is spreading trojans while their parents are unaware, should we let them get off the hook this easy? Somehow, I don't think that would be a good idea.