Files Are for Sharing

Here’s a discussion question prompted by the recent news that the RIAA is dropping its lawsuit strategy in favor of having ISPs shut off Internet service to file-sharers:

Suppose the RIAA mistakenly tells your ISP that you’ve been file-sharing. Suppose your ISP kicks you off as a result. Can you now sue the RIAA for defamation or for tortious interference with contract?

That’s even more interesting for England where the same kind of 3-strikes plan is being threatened by the content cartels and where defamation claims are also much easier for plaintiffs to maintain.