Crackdown on file sharing
The Recording Industry Association of America, which represents the major recording companies, said it would file several hundred lawsuits against individuals within eight to 10 weeks seeking financial damages of up to $150,000 per copyright song.
In the past, the industry went after the file-sharing services themselves, succeeding in shuttering pioneer Napster. But newer services like Grokster and Morpheus have managed to dodge the courts so far by decentralizing their systems and arguing they had no control over usage.
The RIAA hopes that by going after users directly, they can end the rampant piracy blamed for a three-year slump in music sales.
Nonetheless, use of file-sharing services appeared unchanged Friday.
This is crazy. Maybe the record companies could, you know, not charge $18 per cd?
Violet at 4:26 PM