Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Is The War Between the RIAA and Music Fans Over?

RIAA to Stop Suing Over Music Downloads; ISPs are New Copyright Cops | ABA Journal - Law News Now
Ending a controversial enforcement effort in which it appeared to be fighting something of a losing battle, the Recording Industry Association of America says it will stop suing consumers over illegal music downloads via the Internet.

"The decision represents an abrupt shift of strategy for the industry, which has opened legal proceedings against about 35,000 people since 2003," reports the Wall Street Journal. "Critics say the legal offensive ultimately did little to stem the tide of illegally downloaded music. And it created a public-relations disaster for the industry, whose lawsuits targeted, among others, several single mothers, a dead person and a 13-year-old girl."

Instead of using lawsuits as leverage to try to protect music copyrights, the RIAA now plans a more practical enforcement effort concerning illegal downloads. With the help of Internet service providers, those who repeatedly download music illegally and ignore ISP warnings are expected to have their Internet service first slowed down and then stopped entirely, the newspaper explains.