Recording Association to Stop Suing Individuals Over Illegal Downloads

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Earlier this week the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) stated that it would not be filing mass lawsuits against individuals that were found to be illegally downloading, and that instead it would leave it to the individual’s Internet Service Provider to take the necessary action instead.
The US recording company stated that in order to get the ball rolling it was working alongside a number of leading Internet Service Providers as well as New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Since 2003 online piracy lawsuits have been filed against around thirty five thousand people by the music industry group.

The group said that a number of Internet Service Providers had already agreed to take action against consumers found to be illegally downloading, and this included contacting the consumer to advise that they had broken copyright laws and then taking various steps if the consumer continued to illegally download.

However, one official described as troubling the news “…that the RIAA is pressuring US ISPs into adopting some sort of ‘3 strikes’ approach, similar to those it’s been seeking in Europe.”

 

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