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RIAA sues another 761 P2P users

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 18 Nov 2004 21:21 User comments (4)

RIAA sues another 761 P2P users Continuing its campaign against music sharers online, the RIAA has filed another 761 lawsuits against P2P users it alleges to be distributing copyrighted music for free online. Of the 761 people, 25 were college students. This comes just days after the Motion Pictures Association of America filed its first round of lawsuits against P2P users it says have distributed movies freely online to other P2P users. The RIAA claims that the growth of legal music services online has had a positive impact on the swappers actions. "The lawsuits are an essential educational tool," RIAA President Cary Sherman said in a statement. "They remind music fans about the law and provide incentives to university administrators to offer legal alternatives."
This is becoming an all too familiar story to us all now and the results never change. Despite these lawsuits, P2P usage will continue to go as steady as it was, or even increase as some studies have shown. The RIAA may also be scared of the potential of anonymous P2P networks that we've seen lately in ANts P2P and Mute which use file-routing and altered search results to protect the privacy of P2P users. The latest RIAA suits brought the total number of file-swappers sued by the recording industry to 6,952.

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4 user comments

119.11.2004 5:06
indienemo
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It has begun..

219.11.2004 5:27

they'll never learn.

319.11.2004 7:16
katolee
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"The lawsuits are an essential educational tool," How is suing someone for thousands/millions an educational tool? I haven't seen a single step taken by the RIAA to educate the people who have committed a personal wrong (that's all a TORT law is, it's not a crime/criminal act). The MPAA has taken measures to "educate" people with those theatre ads and have waited too sue the people, but these guys just told 6,952 people that they have done something so wrong that were going to sue u for 3,000 bucks.

419.11.2004 11:18

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The RIAA may also be scared of the potential of anonymous P2P networks that we've seen lately in ANts P2P and Mute which use file-routing and altered search results to protect the privacy of P2P users.
I think pissing their pants and using "green paper" to soak up the bullshit they're leaking would've been more descriptive and truthful. =P 7,000 people is a huge amount, but as the article says, P2P Users ain't gonna stop, and networks are going to be harder and harder to penetrate. Artists are still earning a few million for every album, and if Britney here wants that multi million apartment.. it's time she learnt her music ain't that good for $12.99 RIAA really should just concentrate on something like drug abuse or drug dealers.

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