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In a ruling hailed by some as a major victory in the recording industry's battle against online piracy -- but decried by others as a threat to Web privacy -- a judge has ordered an Internet service provider to disclose the identity of a voracious file-swapper to the RIAA. The RIAA has not said whether it will pursue criminal charges or civil action against the individual. But the group may not have to pursue a case in order to have a "chilling effect" on file-swapping.
This is a matter for a long discussion, I also believe if they keep up like this, the privacy which once was a contribution for the big internet boom, the number of internet users will start falling, because they start now with the file-swappers and who knows where they will stop?
It is understandable to say the least that the movie and music companies are capitalizing large off of the internet. I'm sure the penalties gained by the lawsuits that have been waged by the likes of Dr. Dre, Metallica and Limp Bizkit to list a few would be enough to finance a small country for 10 years. Is this not enough to appease them? I myself have witnessed a fortune 500 company using about 50 pirated copies of Office, and who knows what else is there? Songs should be 25 cents to download that wouldd be appropriate, and I'm sure about 80% of those who download music would much rather pay a commission than not be able to do it at all. With the corporate monopoly that has enveloped the US of A we are going to be bound by what they want us to do, not what the software can do!!!!
Wow -- 1 down, 29,999,999 Americans left to go. Artists can sleep easier at night, knowing the RIAA is spending their money wisely, going after invididuals one at a time. At this rate, it'll be the year 3450 by the time the RIAA will have all of us nailed... long live P2P!
The internet is dead now. Thanks a lot for this stupid judge!