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RIAA to Terror Victims: 'Pay Up And Keep Your Mouths Shut!'
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2003-10-31
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In what amounts to round three of a campaign launched by the Big Five record labels to terrorise people into buying their product, another 80 people have been told they're due for a court appearance for sharing copyrighted files on p2p networks.

"Those 80 people were among 204 who had been threatened with lawsuits earlier this month by the Washington-based Recording Industry Association of America unless they contacted the trade association to discuss a financial settlement," says Ted Bridis in an Associazted Press report, going on:

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"The RIAA said the remaining 124 people had approached music industry lawyers about settling the claims."

Many, if not all, of the people 'approached' have said they'd have contested the RIAA's intimidation tactics, but realised they just didn't have the financial or legal resources to take on the giant entertainment industry companies with their virtually limitless means.

The RIAA says it's reached settlements with 156 people who defense lawyers have said agreed to pay penalties ranging from $2,500 to $7,500 each, Bridis states.

"Such settlements, which do not include any admission of wrongdoing, require Internet users to destroy copies of illegally downloaded songs and agree to 'not make any public statements that are inconsistent' with the agreement.

In other words - RIAA to Victims: Pay up, keep your mouths shut and you stay out of court.

"The fact that the overwhelming majority of those who received the notification letter contacted us and were eager to resolve the claims is another clear signal that the music community's education and enforcement campaign is getting the message out," Bridis quotes RIAA President Cary Sherman a saying.

But as he also points out, "with tens of millions of Internet users in the United States using file-sharing software to trade songs, odds remain exceedingly long that a particular computer user will be sued by the music industry."


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