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Italian underground mp3 retailer nailed
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2001-12-04
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Source: MusicDish/Mi2N - November 20, 2001

www.mp3gas.com used to be a site where Italians - or anyone else, for that matter - could dl from an impressive selection of mp3's. Users would sign a contract for one, two or three months for unlimited numbers of downloads. Or they could buy compilations comprising 15 songs for 5 Euros (about US$4.40). They'd pay by credit card or wire transfer. The company worked from an archive holding the latest releases from major Italian and international artists. If music fans couldn't find what they were looking for in the mp3gas archive, the system automatically rerouted them to Napster look-alike such as Gnutella and Morpheus.

It operated from a major Italian ISP (if you're curious, as of November 30, you could still do an IP block search on it). But no longer.

Italy's Fiscal Police were informed and mp3gas was raided. The results? "The legal representative of the company has been criminally prosecuted for infringement of the Italian copyright law" and "The company will be charged with an administrative sanction of more than 250.000.000 ITL (more than US$125.000), according to Italy's equivalent of the RIAA. Apparently, in Italy, music piracy sucks up about 25% of the global music market with revenues losses of around US#180 million to the country's 'legal' music industry.

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