RIAA targets new services
Slashdot has posted word of this scoop on the RIAA's upcoming plans to go after new file trading systems like Morpheus. It looks like FastTrack, MusicCity, and Grokster are the next to fall into the RIAA's sights. Just when you thought peer to peer services were safe, it appears ones with login services could be targeted.
Because these peer-to-peer networks tap into the computing power of the users, it has been difficult to argue that the companies are directly breaking copyright laws. However, the memo states that the RIAA has been able to link a supernode directly to Grokster and that all three companies maintain log-in servers which facilitate file sharing.
The story mentions that the case here isn't nearly as strong as the one the RIAA had against Napster, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have a good chance at success. In the wake of the Napster decision, and the overwhelming amount of evidence that copyrighted material is being traded, something's going to be done somewhere. The RIAA is even getting some company:
A source close to the RIAA told Dotcom Scoop that the RIAA will be joined by The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in litigation against the peer-to-peer networks.
Personally, I see the odds being a lot better with these three amigos talking to universities and ISPs who are having their bandwidth sucked up by file trading services.