Music Industry Wins 871 Subpoenas Against Internet Users

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WASHINGTON — The music industry has won at least 871 federal subpoenas against computer users suspected of illegally sharing music files (search) on the Internet, with roughly 75 new subpoenas being approved each day, U.S. court officials said Friday.

The effort represents early steps in the music industry's contentious plan to file civil lawsuits aimed at crippling online piracy.

The Recording Industry Association of America (search) has said it expects to file at least several hundred lawsuits seeking financial damages within the next eight weeks. U.S. copyright laws (search) allow for damages of $750 to $150,000 for each song offered illegally on a person's computer, but the RIAA has said it would be open to settlement proposals from defendants.

A new version of "Kazaa Lite," free software that provides access to the service operated by Sharman Networks Ltd., can prevent anyone from listing all music files on an individual's machine and purports to block scans from Internet addresses believed to be associated with the RIAA.

There was some evidence the threat of an expensive lawsuit was discouraging online music sharing. Nielsen NetRatings, which monitors Internet usage, earlier this week reported a decline for traffic on the Kazaa network of one million users, with similarly large drops across other services.

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can prevent anyone from listing all music files on an individual's machine


Couldn't you always not share anything? If so the press sure has been out of the loop :-D
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b_heyer wrote:
Couldn't you always not share anything? If so the press sure has been out of the loop :-D


Yup that is true, but obviously the majority do not or Kazaa and other file sharing programs would be a total failure.
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People would be more willing to put out the money if the entire entertainment industry wasn't run by a bunch of profiteering gluttons! They raise prices so high that the average consumer cannot afford to buy everything they want. Therefore they resort to the easiest way possible to get whatever it is they are looking for!
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That is correct!
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<a href="http://www.thinkgeek.com" target="blank">Think Geek</a> now has anti-RIAA teeshirts, VIVA LA REVOLUTION!

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