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RIAA brings lawsuits to 532 more people

By Julio Franco
Jan 21, 2004
  1. (Contributed by SNGX1275) The Recording Industry Association of America has just filed 532 lawsuits against music file swappers who share an average of at least 800 songs with other online music fans, reports The Associated Press. It is the largest single sweep of lawsuits the group has made since it launched its campaign against file sharing last summer.

    Currently, the RIAA knows the Internet protocal addresses of the 532 targeted file sharers, but not their names or addresses. It plans to discover the identity of each defendant through Internet service providers such as Verizon Internet Services Inc. Verizon successfully challenged the industry's use of copyright subpoenas in December. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the recording industry cannot use subpoenas to force Internet providers to identify music downloaders without filing a lawsuit.

    Hence today's filing of hundreds of lawsuits. How Internet providers respond remains to be seen, though Verizon has been fighting to maintain the privacy of its customers since the RIAA's campaign to stop file sharing began.

    Read more: The CS Monitor.
  2. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,058

    Now all we need for the ISP's to do is delete their IP records after say.....3 or 4 days. :D
  3. ak_in_charge

    ak_in_charge TS Rookie Posts: 119

    Wow thats kind of scary...considering I have well over 2,000 songs and the average is about 800 songs for the ones their going after. If all they have is IP addresses and not any names yet I could very well be one of the people there going after...very scary thought...:dead:
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