RIAA To Stop Mass Lawsuits, Work with ISPs
The RIAA is getting set to stop filing mountains of lawsuits against people it believes download music illegally via P2P networks, and instead work with ISPs to shut them down.
Since 2003, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has filed somewhere in the neighborhood of 35,000 lawsuits against individuals it believes are copying and distributing music illegally via peer-to-peer filesharing services like Gnutella and BitTorrent. The RIAA intended the lawsuits to be a warning against Internet users downloading music illegally, but instead gave rise to a severe consumer backlash against the recording industry: unsurprisingly, customers did not like to be made to feel like criminals, and the RIAA didn’t help itself when it flung lawsuits against children, single mothers, and even a deceased individual.
Read more: digitaltrends.com