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(Originally posted on: 06-26-03 09:20:41 AM)
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The embattled music industry has threatened to sue hundreds of individual computer users who illegally share music files online.

The Recording Industry Association of America, citing substantial sales declines, said it will begin Thursday to search Internet file-sharing networks to identify users who offer "substantial" collections of mp3 music files for downloading.

It expects to file at least several hundred lawsuits seeking financial damages within eight to 10 weeks as it tries to put an end to music piracy.

Executives for the RIAA, the Washington-based lobbying group that represents major labels, would not say how many songs on a user's computer will qualify for a lawsuit. The new campaign comes just weeks after U.S. appeals court rulings requiring Internet providers to identify subscribers suspected of illegally sharing music and movie files.
Facing the music

The RIAA's president, Carey Sherman, said tens of millions of Internet users of popular file-sharing software after Thursday will expose themselves to "the real risk of having to face the music."

"It's stealing. It's both wrong and illegal," Sherman said. Alluding to the court decisions, Sherman said Internet users who believe they can hide behind an alias online were mistaken. "You are not anonymous," Sherman said. "We're going to begin taking names."

Critics accused the RIAA of resorting to heavy-handed tactics likely to alienate millions of Internet file-sharers.

"This latest effort really indicates the recording industry has lost touch with reality completely," said Fred von Lohmann, a lawyer for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "Does anyone think more lawsuits are going to be the answer? Today they have declared war on the American consumer."
Public resistance?

Sherman disputed that consumers, who are gradually turning to legitimate Web sites to buy music legally, will object to the industry's latest efforts against pirates.

"You have to look at exactly who are your customers," he said. "You could say the same thing about shoplifters -- are you worried about alienating them? All sorts of industries and retailers have come to the conclusion that they need to be able to protect their rights. We have come to the same conclusion."

Mike Godwin of Public Knowledge, a consumer group that has challenged broad crackdowns on file-sharing networks, said Wednesday's announcement was appropriate because it targeted users illegally sharing copyrighted files.

"I'm sure it's going to freak them out," Godwin said. "The free ride is over." He added: "I wouldn't be surprised if at least some people engaged in file-trading decide to resist and try to find ways to thwart the litigation strategy."

The RIAA said its lawyers will file lawsuits initially against people with the largest collections of music files they can find online. U.S. copyright laws allow for damages of $750 to $150,000 for each song offered illegally on a person's computer, but Sherman said the RIAA will be open to settlement proposals from defendants.

"We have no hard and fast rule on how many files you have to be distributing ... to come within our radar screen," Sherman said.

The RIAA said it expected to file "at least several hundred lawsuits" within eight to 10 weeks but will continue to file lawsuits afterward on a regular basis.


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Reply 1 of 40 (Originally posted on: 06-26-03 09:23:40 AM)
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This is why when I download songs they go straight to the "My Music" folder and don't stay in Kazaa's shared folder.
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Reply 2 of 40 (Originally posted on: 06-26-03 09:25:30 AM)
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This is why I live in Australia. Besides, I don't share files anyway. Goodluck to them, they'll probably end up wasting more money on the hunt then they would just letting people steal music... well maybe not, but I'd say you'd have to be sharing a good basketload of MP3s to draw interest.

And also, why didn't they announce this crap AFTER they do the bust, fools.
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Reply 3 of 40 (Originally posted on: 06-26-03 09:28:10 AM)
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I have my stuff moved to a different folder that I was sharing, now all I'm sharing are some programs
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Reply 4 of 40 (Originally posted on: 06-26-03 09:41:06 AM)
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Oooh, I'm scared. The RIAA is really going to waste their time and money hunting down all of those near penniless geeks with jobs at burger king or equivalent out there.

Oh wait, and I live in Australia too.

But anyway, I don't share my files since our fucking ISP decided to impose 3 gig monthly usage caps. (Up and down. Not just down.) I like to use up all my transfer limit myself, thankyou.
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Reply 5 of 40 (Originally posted on: 06-26-03 10:29:02 AM)
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That's alot of lawsuits...
They're most likely full of shit anyway, but just in case.
*unshares files*
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Reply 6 of 40 (Originally posted on: 06-26-03 10:37:18 AM)
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Reply 7 of 40 (Originally posted on: 06-26-03 11:02:41 AM)
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*continues to share files*
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Reply 8 of 40 (Originally posted on: 06-26-03 11:03:23 AM)
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Unshareing files is gay MAGUSMAGUSMAGUSMAGUS If everyone did that, your MP3 collection wouldn't be as big. Let them come and get me, anyway. I'm in Portugal and underage.
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Reply 9 of 40 (Originally posted on: 06-26-03 11:47:31 AM)
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I feel so sorry for those major record companies who are always being taken advantage of by artists and consumers. Yay for the record industry, and it's agressive crusade against poor high-school students and fun.

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And also, why didn't they announce this crap AFTER they do the bust, fools.


Cause the whole point of this is to scare everybody to unshare their files.

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Reply 10 of 40 (Originally posted on: 06-26-03 12:05:22 PM)
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*continues to share files*
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Reply 11 of 40 (Originally posted on: 06-26-03 02:40:40 PM)
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Its an empty threat...the more they fight it, the more people sgare. Maybe if CD'S didnt cost so much, then just manybe everyone would buy more cd's.
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Reply 12 of 40 (Originally posted on: 06-26-03 03:13:46 PM)
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*reshares*

My kazaa-lite seems to reshare everything upon logging on anyway.
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Reply 13 of 40 (Originally posted on: 06-26-03 03:21:17 PM)
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I don't share because I'm selfish. HA! I just steal, steal steal, and never give back to the community.
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Reply 14 of 40 (Originally posted on: 06-26-03 03:46:34 PM)
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I couldn't care less about this kind of laws or whatever it is.
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Problem with not sharing is that less people download from you->User rating goes down->you get lower priority to download stuff.
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Reply 16 of 40 (Originally posted on: 06-26-03 03:52:39 PM)
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Right now there are 4,000,000+ users on. That's almost 1,000,000 more on than the last time I checked, so the RIA's announcement doesn't seem to be turning many heads.


On a side note: RIA is combatting us 'evil pirates' with something new. They're switching back from Digital CD's to Analog CD's. This way you can only listen to music on the older junky CD players. This move will almost completely destroy the Mp3 industry since you woun't be able to play CDs on Mp3 players or even Mp3 CD players or on computers.

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Reply 17 of 40 (Originally posted on: 06-26-03 04:04:57 PM)
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Problem with not sharing is that less people download from you->User rating goes down->you get lower priority to download stuff.


Not if you aren't a stupid fuck and use Kazaa lite.
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Reply 18 of 40 (Originally posted on: 06-26-03 04:05:07 PM)
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The music industry should realize that, from a cultural point of view, file sharing is great for bands. How many bands have you come to like because you downloaded something by then? Bands that you would probably never known.

Of course, there's the part about the bands working for a money they need to eat and to keep playing. But I prefer to ignore this bit.
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Reply 19 of 40 (Originally posted on: 06-26-03 04:07:48 PM)
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Not if you aren't a stupid fuck and use Kazaa lite.

I do use Kazaa lite, genius.
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Reply 20 of 40 (Originally posted on: 06-26-03 04:13:41 PM)
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Then not sharing your files doesn't affect your rating at all.
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And, guys, they're only going to be going after the people who have a T1 and share a thousand mp3s.

Not Joe Blow Idaho who has six Metallica songs.
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Reply 22 of 40 (Originally posted on: 06-26-03 05:06:11 PM)
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And, guys, they're only going to be going after the people who have a T1 and share a thousand mp3s.

Not Joe Blow Idaho who has six Metallica songs.


UH-OH! I have cable and share about 900, I hope they don't fuck me up. MAGUSMAGUSMAGUSMAGUS
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I don't share mine anyway, since I am on such a slow connection. If anyone tried it, it would go at an incredibly slow rate and slow down the things that I am downloading.
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Reply 24 of 40 (Originally posted on: 06-26-03 05:34:01 PM)
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On a side note: RIA is combatting us 'evil pirates' with something new. They're switching back from Digital CD's to Analog CD's. This way you can only listen to music on the older junky CD players. This move will almost completely destroy the Mp3 industry since you woun't be able to play CDs on Mp3 players or even Mp3 CD players or on computers.


Huh? Analog CD's? I don't think they can control that.
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