Fan to RIAA: it ain't me, babe

Wednesday, 15 October 2003, 1:36 PM EST

A second person claims the recording industry has wrongly accused him of illegally sharing songs.

Ross Plank, a software engineer from Playa del Rey, California, said that the Recording Industry Association of America mistakenly targeted him when it unleashed 261 lawsuits against alleged music swappers.

"It seems like they got me mixed up with someone else," said Plank, who runs a small business,, out of his home. "It really seems ludicrous. It's pretty obvious that this is not something that I would do anyway."

The RIAA already has taken heat for incorrectly naming 65-year-old Sarah Ward, an artist, teacher and grandmother, as a music pirate. Ward was accused of sharing songs using Kazaa, but the software is only available to PC users, and she uses a Mac. The music trade group dropped the suit.

"We are confident in our evidence-collection process but to the extent that someone claims that we've erred, we will investigate the matter," said Amanda Collins, an RIAA spokeswoman.

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