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Consumers Respond to Music Lawsuits

Consumers Respond to Music Lawsuits

The Recording Industry Association o America has begun settling the books with some of the 261 people it helped its members sue earlier this week for illegally downloading copyrighted music off the Internet. The RIAA said its member companies filed the first wave of what could ultimately be “thousands of civil lawsuits against offenders who have been illegally distributing substantial amounts (averaging more than 1,000 copyrighted music files each) of copyrighted music on peer- to-peer networks,” stated the trade organization.
The record labels are prepared to grant amnesty to P2P users who voluntarily identify themselves and pledge to stop illegally sharing music on the Internet, according to the RIAA.