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Europe to fight music piracy with lawsuits

“The European music industry plans to take the fight against Internet piracy right to the doors of file sharers with individually targeted lawsuits, the head of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has said.

And the subpoenas could start flying next year.”

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its about time!!! but how about the itunes music store while they are at it!!

Posted by mm in Irvine, CA on December 16, 2003 at 12:19 PM (CST)


The distributor cartels really should’ve hired a think tank before acting.  They’re shooting themselves in the foot yet again.

Targeting individuals with lawsuits in an attempt to modify the behavior of a larger group - through fear - is terrorism.  Legal though it may be.

When centralized music sharing was all the rage, the distributor cartels could have easily latched on and made deals.  Instead, they chose to sue the central servers. 

They were successful - but what was the ultimate effect?  It terrorized a minority away, and drove the bulk to decentralized networks.

Now that there’s no central server to sue, they’re targeting IPs they can see.

The ultimate effect of this action will be to herd users towards networks where their IPs are masked and/or traffic is encrypted.

IFPI, and RIAA, are helping make p2p file sharing networks more robust against attacks from themselves!

Posted by b34 in Irvine, CA on December 22, 2003 at 7:25 AM (CST)

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