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    BPI to sue "major filesharers" : 7:10:2004

    British record companies trade association the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) has announced it is to begin a rolling programme of legal action against ‘major filesharers’ who illegally make copyright music available to millions of people across the world on peer-to-peer networks.

    Today the BPI is beginning the process of legal action against 28 UK filesharers. More cases are expected to follow. The BPI will seek damages and injunctions to stop these filesharers illegally uploading recordings on to filesharing networks.

    The large-scale uploaders subject to legal action include users of the KaZaA, Imesh, Grokster, Bearshare and WinMX networks.

    Breakthrough for legal music

    The announcement comes against the background of a breakthrough year for legal online music services in the UK, with the launch of high-profile services like Mycokemusic, iTunes and Napster and the launch on September 1 of an Official UK Download Chart.

    BPI chairman Peter Jamieson says, “We have been warning for months that unauthorized file-sharing is illegal. These are not people casually downloading the odd track. They are uploading music on a massive scale, effectively stealing the livelihoods of thousands of artists and the people who invest in them.”

    After months of attempting to raise awareness about the dangers of unauthorized file-sharing, the BPI issued a final warning in March 2004, saying if the problem did not improve legal action would follow.

    Since then it has sent out over 350,000 instant messages to uploaders’ computers warning them of the consequences if they continue.

    “We have resisted legal action as long as we could,” says Jamieson. “We have done everything we can to raise awareness of this problem. We have encouraged legal services and launched an Official Download Chart.

    “But we would be derelict in our duty to protect and promote British music were we not to take action to demonstrate that this activity is illegal and harmful to every aspect of the creative British music industry. We believe we have no alternative other than to enforce our rights through the courts.”

    The announcement of the first actions in the UK forms part of an announcement from international record companies’ trade body the IFPI of a total of 459 new legal actions against illegal filesharers across six European countries.

    Last edited by SeK612; 10-07-2004 at 12:00 PM.

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    I got an email about hollywood paying congress to get rid of total piracy.. unfortunatly i lost the email that had the address but i hear they want to ban cd burners, ipods' P2P & anything that can illegally produce copyrighted material which is stupid.. chances are it wont happen, but to me thats a sad attempt to get rid of great technology.

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    atleast the BPI are being fair about it.

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    Bittorent appears to be remaining in the shadows.

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    Rat Faced's Avatar Broken
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    I have to see the results of this... coz to get the evidence they have to break other UK Laws...

    An It Harm None, Do What You Will

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    fucking smurfland y'idjit
    Quote Originally Posted by Rat Faced
    I have to see the results of this... coz to get the evidence they have to break other UK Laws...
    I can think of three ways the UK Government could step in and open the doors for the BPI
    1. Change law to allow access to ISP records by the BPI where they can provide evidence of sharing activity.
    2. Allocate part of the "fraud squad" to assist the BPI in tracking down sharers.
    3 Designate a section of Customs & Excise responsible for recouping estimable VAT losses, who could then furnish the BPI with the information they require.

    Note that only the first scenario would mean a long wait before the ball really starts rolling - and that's a most remote possibility, anyway.
    if your font size is this small i'll add you to my ignore list because you're wasting my time, OK?


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