RIAA Changes Strategy On Illegal Downloads
December 22, 2008 at 5:03 AM (PT)
The RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA said FRIDAY it had abandoned mass lawsuits against Internet users who steal music, and instead would work with Internet service providers to discourage piracy. CNBC reports the RIAA, which represents major U.S. record labels, will have the ISPs send warning notices to users who illegally download music files.
Since 2003, the music industry has sued about 35,000 Internet users for music piracy.
"We think this is going to be a different form of stick, but we absolutely think this will be a meaningful alternative approach that will have a significant impact," said RIAA spokesperson CARA DUCKWORTH.
We think this is going to be a different form of stick, but we absolutely think this will be a meaningful alternative approach that will have a significant impact.
Other measures will be taken against Internet users who ignore their first warning notice to stop illegally downloading music, and if those users continue they could find their Internet connections disconnected, the RIAA said. The RIAA declined to say which ISPs had signed on for the initiative, and it said it reserved the right to sue Internet users who ignored the warning notices.
The RIAA said it would pursue lawsuits already pending against Internet users accused of illegal downloads. The RIAA's change in strategy comes as Internet users have become increasingly aware that downloading pirated songs is illegal.
The group ARTS+LABS, a collaborative between technology companies and creative artists, said in a statement that it was "encouraged by this new effort by the record companies."