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RIAA Appears to be Winning the War on Suing Individual P2P Users for Copyright Infringement

12-Dec-05 12:32 pm EDT Leave a comment Go to comments
Well it’s yet another sad day for the American (in)justice system.  RIAA has won a key victory in pressing copyright infringement lawsuits against individuals in the US.   This isn’t exactly a surprise, but one has to wonder just how much money the RIAA has and whether the victories will experience any deterrent effect.  As yet, there’s no real sign that file downloading using P2P swappers like Morpheus or Gnutella is abating in the wake of the industry’s victories in court.
Because of the long-standing strength of copyright law and the obvious analogies that can be made between property rights as established for PC-based software, there’s no real surprise in these rulings.   But I’m guessing these guys can win every battle in court and it still won’t matter.  And no sane person woulde argue there ought to be a ‘right’ to download copyrighted material with impunity.  However, the effectiveness of these lawsuits and those whom they target, combined with the penalties involved is still a subject of much well-deserved contention and it’s far from clear to me that justice is being servied here.
But the news isn’t all-bad today. The ZDnet story also links to the EFF.org website which offers a number of valuable resources aimed at the P2P technolgy user – on how to use legal tools to very effectively avoid prosecution.  And if the unwary P2P user community would be very well-advised to exmine it and their rights closely through these resources.  If nothing else, the costs involved to the industry in pressing these litigations should be streteched to the very maximum possible and the EFF tells people how to go about doing exactly that.
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