Monday, September 08, 2003

Capitalism and the Law: Recording Industry Sues File Swappers

David McGuire of the Washington Post reports the RIAA has brought suit against 261 people accused of trading copyrighted songs on the Internet.

The lawsuits, which were filed in federal courts across the country, are the RIAA's latest tactics in its war against the illegal file sharing that record companies blame for plummeting CD sales.

In June, the RIAA promised to sue hundreds of Internet users suspected of illegally trading music using file-swapping services like Kazaa and Morpheus. The association in August clarified that it only would target the most egregious file sharers.

RIAA President Cary Sherman in a teleconference today characterized the people who were sued as "major offenders" who distributed about 1,000 copyrighted music files on average.
Good. But I wonder what the average number of pirated songs there are per pirate. Is 1,000 songs all that much beyond the norm?

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