The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the consortium that represents the world's music companies, announced today they are instigating 8,000 lawsuits against alleged file-sharers in 17 countries. The suits -- both criminal and civil -- are part of its effort to stop online piracy and encourage the use of legal download services.
The IFPI said some 20 billion songs were illegally downloaded last year worldwide , with over 1 billion music tracks illegally downloaded in Brazil alone.
The industry has now filed about 18,000 lawsuits in the United States, the largest market for music sales, and 13,000 throughout the rest of the world.
The legal maneuvers are targeting uploaders (or tops), as opposed to downloaders (or bottoms).
John Kennedy, chairman and chief executive of IFPI, says the cost of pursuing individual legal cases is very expensive, but that the music industry has benefited from the settlements.
"It put some money back into the war chest to try to clean up the online world," he said. "Legal offerings will only thrive and open in different countries if there is a chance of them succeeding."
Boy, that’s great. The billion-dollar industry is so hungry for your money, that when its income slips even a little bit, they decide to pursue it by other means: by suing your asses until they bleed you dry and line their pockets with your blood. Neat, huh?
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