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If you use Kazaa, you *must* read this!

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by General Grizz, Jun 26, 2003.

  1. General Grizz

    General Grizz New Member

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    Music Labels Threaten to Sue Net Users

    Jun 25, 1:19 PM (ET)

    By TED BRIDIS

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The embattled music industry disclosed aggressive plans Wednesday for an unprecedented escalation in its fight against Internet piracy, threatening to sue hundreds of individual computer users who illegally share music files online.

    The Recording Industry Association of America, citing substantial sales declines, said it will begin Thursday to search Internet file-sharing networks to identify users who offer "substantial" collections of mp3 music files for downloading. It expects to file at least several hundred lawsuits seeking financial damages within eight to 10 weeks.

    Executives for the RIAA, the Washington-based lobbying group that represents major labels, would not say how many songs on a user's computer will qualify for a lawsuit. The new campaign comes just weeks after U.S. appeals court rulings requiring Internet providers to identify subscribers suspected of illegally sharing music and movie files.

    The RIAA's president, Carey Sherman, said tens of millions of Internet users of popular file-sharing software after Thursday will expose themselves to "the real risk of having to face the music."

    "It's stealing. It's both wrong and illegal," Sherman said. Alluding to the court decisions, Sherman said Internet users who believe they can hide behind an alias online were mistaken. "You are not anonymous," Sherman said. "We're going to begin taking names."

    Critics accused the RIAA of resorting to heavy-handed tactics likely to alienate millions of Internet file-sharers.

    "This latest effort really indicates the recording industry has lost touch with reality completely," said Fred von Lohmann, a lawyer for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "Does anyone think more lawsuits are going to be the answer? Today they have declared war on the American consumer."

    Sherman disputed that consumers, who are gradually turning to legitimate Web sites to buy music legally, will object to the industry's latest efforts against pirates.

    "You have to look at exactly who are your customers," he said. "You could say the same thing about shoplifters - are you worried about alienating them? All sorts of industries and retailers have come to the conclusion that they need to be able to protect their rights. We have come to the same conclusion."

    Mike Godwin of Public Knowledge, a consumer group that has challenged broad crackdowns on file-sharing networks, said Wednesday's announcement was appropriate because it targeted users illegally sharing copyrighted files.

    "I'm sure it's going to freak them out," Godwin said. "The free ride is over." He added: "I wouldn't be surprised if at least some people engaged in file-trading decide to resist and try to find ways to thwart the litigation strategy."

    The RIAA said its lawyers will file lawsuits initially against people with the largest collections of music files they can find online. U.S. copyright laws allow for damages of $750 to $150,000 for each song offered illegally on a person's computer, but Sherman said the RIAA will be open to settlement proposals from defendants.

    "We have no hard and fast rule on how many files you have to be distributing ... to come within our radar screen," Sherman said. "We will go after the worst offenders first."

    The RIAA said it expected to file "at least several hundred lawsuits" within eight to 10 weeks but will continue to file lawsuits afterward on a regular basis.
     
  2. tigsmom

    tigsmom Well-Known Member

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    Read this today in our local newspaper and I've got to say that Lil'mermaid IS NOT HAPPY!!:cry: :cry: She has been getting a lot of her stuff off of KaZaA.
     
  3. PhotoDave219

    PhotoDave219 Well-Known Member

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    Well, odds are theyre just going to go after the HEAVY file sharers. Now of course they wouldnt have had this problem if they had squashed it in the very beginning.

    Of course, if CDs didnt cost 20 bucks people wouldnt do that either.
     
  4. iluvepcot

    iluvepcot New Member

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    o yea, im real scared let me tell u:rolleyes: Its my right to share whatever i want on kazaa, i say bring it on :mad:
     
  5. DisneyExpert

    DisneyExpert Well-Known Member

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    *Has 689 MP3 files...*

    This is why you select the 'Stop Sharing' option... then the only person who knows you have it is you. ;)
     
  6. WDWspider

    WDWspider New Member

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    I've still never understood why this is any different than listening to music on the radio and recording it. I guess since it's affecting them they are more mad about no money than making songs people are actually wanting to hear over and over.
     
  7. darthdarrel

    darthdarrel New Member

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    I agree!
    And I don`t make a profit off of the mp3`s I download,I download them for my own personal use and I always get the cd`s of the groups I download.:mad:
     
  8. General Grizz

    General Grizz New Member Original Poster

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    Take note that Kazaa does have spyware...and there may well be a VERY hefty fine. U.S. copyright laws allow for damages of $750 to $150,000 for each song offered illegally on a person's computer, but Sherman said the RIAA will be open to settlement proposals from defendants.
     
  9. NowInc

    NowInc Well-Known Member

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    Im being safe behind my firewall :D

    besides...i use private FTPs to get what i need ;)
     
  10. darthdarrel

    darthdarrel New Member

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    HEHE Mine don`t I use kazaa lite and I have also ran adaware to find any spyware.:D
     
  11. General Grizz

    General Grizz New Member Original Poster

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    Oh, they protect you against government searches? *shrug*
     
  12. Fievel

    Fievel RunDisney Addict

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    This ISN'T the government.....it's the RIAA.
     
  13. General Grizz

    General Grizz New Member Original Poster

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    Yes, unless this gets underway bigtime... :lookaroun
     
  14. DisJosh

    DisJosh Well-Known Member

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    I don't share files. I just download them. Pshhhh sharing is for losers. :p

    I've also stopped using KaZaA. I use Soulseek...Darrel you HAVE to check it out. I'm sure Dan already knows about it. I LOVE it. :D
     
  15. MKCustodial

    MKCustodial Well-Known Member

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    Well, I'd like to see them coming after ME! :lol: And I download mainly videos, so... :p
     
  16. CmdrTostada

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    Whats funny is that the RIAA isnt actually losing any money at all, they are actually making more. In 2002 the put out 12% less CDs than they did in 2001, but they only made 10% less. So technically they made more money. The article was in a recent issue of Wired. And here is another article from wired about how copyright protection is a crime against humanity http://wired.com/wired/archive/11.06/view.html?pg=1
     
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    DisJosh Well-Known Member

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    I really hope the porno industry doesn't get any funny ideas. :lookaroun
     
  18. Wilt Dasney

    Wilt Dasney Well-Known Member

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    lol...ya know, that's kind of a good point.
     
  19. Woody13

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    Sorry, but you just can't be anonymous on the Internet, or a cell phone, or...well you get the idea. :animwink: People using private file transfer protocols will be among the first targets of the RIAA. :eek:
     
  20. Fievel

    Fievel RunDisney Addict

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    I'd trust NowInc on this one. I'll guarantee he knows more about this than anybody on these forums - and definitely enough to protect himself.

    And direct ftp's will be much harder to track, since it is user to user....direct....the RIAA is going to monitor the traffic going through kazaa and other major programs. They cannot search your computer without a warrant (I believe), as they are NOT the government. They are trying to shut down the sharers...not the downloaders....stopping it at the source.
     

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