Filesharing startup Aurous’ response to the RIAA’s copyright infringement lawsuit has been a masterclass in how NOT to respond to copyright infringement lawsuits.
From bizarre arm-wrestling challenges to tweeting out a link to its application’s source code after a court order barring it from making the software available, its tactics have been unusual to say the least.
Unsurprisingly, the RIAA seized on the latter tweet – since deleted – with a new filing saying that “Defendants did so with the intent of releasing an improved version of the software to the public, notwithstanding this Court’s explicit and unambiguous prohibition against doing so”.
The filing brought a surprising (if probably sensible) response from Aurous’ lawyers: “Our clients are willing to transfer control of the Aurous domain and anything else you may require including closing the site and all operations (which may have been done already) provide access to their github and social media accounts as early as tomorrow if this proposed settlement can be kept forthwith.”
The RIAA rejected the offer, and is pressing for Aurous and its developer Andrew Sampson to be held in contempt of court.