More than 2100 additional lawsuits have been filed in the ongoing legal battles of music swapping worldwide in the past few days. This time, BPI in Britain has filed 65 of them, with their total being 150. Nearly half of those 150 agreed to settlements. More and more countries now have companies showing this behavior, with the RIAA in the U.S. being the most apparent.
The 65 UK lawsuits are among 2,100 similar cases launched around the globe this week by local recording industry trade associations operating under the auspices of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). So far some 3,800 people have been sued by the music biz around the world, though that figure excludes the 16,200-odd individuals targeted to date by the RIAA in the US.
The article sites Sweden, Switzerland, Argentina, Hong Kong and Singapore as well. These companies are taking music swapping more than just seriously. Interestingly, some of the cases in Britain were settled for upwards of £6,500... that's well over $11,000. We heard just a few days ago about the DoJ potentially putting people in jail for copyright infringement. Play safe out there.