RIAA prepares legal offensive

— 2:14 PM on June 25, 2003

The RIAA is gearing up to go after hundreds of peer-to-peer song swappers who are illegally sharing copyrighted material. This first wave of lawsuits will target users who share what the RIAA deems as a "substantial" amount of copyrighted material, but technically anyone is fair game. The RIAA will be asking for injunctions and monetary damages, though I suspect their primary goal is to scare casual pirates away from illegal song swapping.

A legal blitz may intimidate many casual pirates, but more seasoned peer-to-peer users will no doubt head underground and adopt anonymous and more secure P2P networks. Either way, it appears the RIAA has given up on trying to shut down P2P networks themselves; instead, lawyers will turn their attention to those actually responsible for copyright violations.

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