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That brings the total sued to date to 17,000 people. Hot damn. I wish it said what networks they were targetting though.
I just have a downloads folder and a shared folder. When I want a song, I hop on, download it, and when it's done, move it from my shared folder to downloads folder (so it looks like I don't have any files on my computer if someone pings me / not sharing anything). Also I use Ares (the only one that will work through our firewall), which is less known. I'm not too worried.
The Recording Industry Association of America refuses to give up its legal efforts to stem the illicit use of P2P networks for trading copyrighted material, filing suit against another 751 individuals, including college students. The John Doe suits serve as placeholders until the RIAA can discover the users' identities.
The RIAA also re-filed 105 lawsuits against former John Does, whose names have come out during industry's investigations and court proceedings. The latest round of filings brings the total number of cases above 17,000 and follows 693 lawsuits the RIAA announced in September. NPD Group reported yesterday that use of file sharing networks has dropped, although the survey's accuracy has been questioned.
Keep in mind these are folks who "trade" hundreds of tunes. RIAA is backed & owned by high rolling attorneys (so are record companies) so they know the loop holes. If you share a few here & there don't fret. I share boot legs all the time and I'm a registered RIAA member - I'm small potatoes in their eyes. So don't let there "press releases" scare you unless you are moving alot of tunes.
Yeah, and don't get me wrong, I still buy CD's... I just don't want to go out there and drop $18 if I like a single song on the CD, and don't want to deal with the restrictions of buying a song from somewhere like Napster.
I use iTunes as well, and don't mind paying the 99 cents, after having gotten so much for free on Napster years ago. But every once in a while, I have to nab something in other ways if it's not available on iTunes.