Wednesday, August 29, 2007

"RIAA v. The People : Four Years Later", New Report by EFF

Via Jon Newton at (Thank you, Jon!):

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has come out with an interesting overview of the RIAA's litigation campaign, RIAA v. The People : Four Years Later, which concluded:

Four years and more than 20,000 lawsuits later, the RIAA’s campaign of suing individual American music fans has failed. It has failed to curtail P2P downloading. It has not persuaded music fans that sharing is equivalent to shoplifting. It has not put a penny into the pockets of artists. It has failed to drive the bulk of filesharers into the arms of authorized music services. In fact, the RIAA lawsuits may well be driving filesharers to new technologies that will be much harder for the RIAA’s investigators to infiltrate and monitor.
Complete report (pdf)

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