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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Industry Goliath wins

The recording industry won a key fight Thursday against illegal downloading when a federal jury said a Minnesota woman must pay $222,000 for sharing copyrighted music online. ...

Record companies have filed some 26,000 lawsuits since 2003 over file-sharing, which has hurt sales because it allows people to get music for free instead of paying for recordings in stores. Many other defendants have settled by paying the companies a few thousand dollars.

The Recording Industry Association of America says the lawsuits have mitigated illegal sharing, even though music file-sharing is rising overall. The group says the number of households that have used file-sharing programs to download music has risen from 6.9 million monthly in April 2003, before the lawsuits began, to 7.8 million in March 2007.

Full article here.

The RIAA may have won this case, but it is amazing that they don't realize how high the stakes are in the court of public opinion.

Maybe when this story ends, we will find that "David" exchanged his slingshot for a boomerang and handed it to his nemesis ...

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