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UK Internet pirates settle out of court with BPI

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 04 Mar 2005 9:12 User comments (9)

UK Internet pirates settle out of court with BPI The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) is delighted with the results it has gotten from its first wave of lawsuits which initially was launched against 23 P2P users it alleges have illegally distributed pirated music files over P2P networks. The 23 have paid about 50,000 out of court in settlements with the BPI, averaging around 2,200 each, with one person paying 4,500. Fifteen of the 23 used the Kazaa P2P network, four used Imesh, two used Grokster, one used WinMx and one was on BearShare.
From the first wave, 17 men and six women aged between 22 and 58 have signed High Court undertakings admitting they illegally shared files and promising not to do it again, the BPI said. "We are determined to find people who illegally distribute music, whichever peer-to-peer network they use, and to make them compensate the artists and labels they are stealing from.", said Geoff Taylor, BPI general counsel. "These settlements show we can and we will enforce the law," the BPI said.

The BPI has admitted that many of their targeted "pirates" are most likely in fact children and some of the adults settling were settling on behalf of their children. "Some parents have been genuinely shocked to discover what their children have been up to," the organisation said. The payments made to the BPI will go back to the copyright holders (typically major labels). The BPI claims also that the lawsuits are not about the compensation, just about the deterrent, adding that they believe illegal trading on the Kazaa (FastTrack) network has fallen by 45% due to the global crackdown.

However, while Kazaa users seem to be falling in numbers, other networks like the eDonkey2000 network are flourishing, and it appears overall P2P usage is on the rise. Also you cannot ignore how low quality Kazaa has become and the fact that most of the P2P community despised it even before the lawsuits. Some music fans are also gone back to a legal way to obtain music, in the form of DRM-protected digital audio files. These come from online stores like iTunes and Napster. iTunes reported recently hitting another milestone of 300 million downloads, showing Apple's dominance of the legal download market.

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9 user comments

14.3.2005 18:05

I really wonder if the fines are going to the artists. Its funny how there is someone out there collecting money for the rich but if my car is stolen and the thief gets busted no one collects the damages for me. I need to copyright oxygen then you suckas are gonna pay!

24.3.2005 18:46

I can't stand these recording industries... Of course nobody uses the Kazaa network, it is one of the worst out there now, I stopped using it years ago. Anybody dumb enough to still be using it almost deserves to be caught, not punished, but still caught.

35.3.2005 3:07

Iam shocked to see that people have been caught. What I was interested to know is have they been using regular Kazaa. Does Klite++ give any further protection?? What are the other alternative??? Thanks and Regards

45.3.2005 6:16

The problem I have with this is that the people who download files are not really stealing from the industry. It's more like they're sharing with a friend. More than likely, if they downloaded it they weren't going to buy it anyway, which means that they're not taking away from the industry because they had no intent on purchasing it in the first place.

56.3.2005 2:07

Kazaa = n00bs galore! K-Lite++ prevents file indexing from idividual users so they will not know how many files you have in total.

66.3.2005 19:02

some alternatives are eDonkey/eMule, or any Gnutella client, just never use BearShare. You can find almost anything on eDonkey network, a little less on Gnutella, but sometimes better speed. A "new" method is BitTorrent, which yields extremely high speeds, but you can't find everything, mostly just new stuff or really popular stuff.

76.3.2005 21:56

thats true, and in future there is coming anymous programs and fast like bittorrent. And future program is blocking all antipiracy industries and its "one more time" highly anymous. And emule rather old. emules only good thing is that it have 2-3 years old files in there.

87.3.2005 9:15

how were these people traced by the BPI ,are the ISP's also guilty for allowing their customers to download music ilegaly through their network's.....?,

917.3.2005 14:14

is it the uploaders BPI are sueing?or every1?

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