Australia targets music pirates

— 3:11 AM on April 24, 2003

Three students in Australia have been arrested for allegedly running a web site hosting illegal music and video files. According to the authorities, somewhere between $37 and $44 million worth of copyrighted music was downloaded from the side in the last year. If convicted, the students could face up to five years in jail.

While the Australian authorities chase what appear to be the actual pirates facilitating rampant copyright violations, the RIAA is going after a venture capital firm that invested heavily in Napster. With brilliant strategies like that, it seems unlikely that the RIAA will ever make much of a dent in illegal file sharing.

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