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Music industry drops effort to sue song swappers

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OS ANGELES (AP) — The group representing the U.S. music industry says it will abandon its policy of suing people for sharing songs protected by copyright.

The Recording Industry Association of America says that now it will try to stop alleged music pirates by working with Internet service providers to cut access to frequent abusers.

The move ends a controversial program that saw the industry sue more than 30,000 people since 2003 for swapping songs online.

The recording association said Friday that its new efforts with several leading U.S. Internet service providers would provide a meaningful deterrent, so it will wind down its legal assault. The group says it will still carry out cases already filed.

The decision was first reported in The Wall Street Journal.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/articl...TzTWfwD955VR7O0

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Wow. This is pretty big news. It appears the RIAA is adopting a tactic similar to what the MPAA's been doing for years.

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Wow they finally just realized that it was inevitable to stop music pirates. :lol:

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How about releasing albums with more than one good song and not just adding a bunch of junk to complete it.

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How about releasing albums with more than one good song and not just adding a bunch of junk to complete it.

Yeah, there is usually one awesome hit song than the rest are just half-a**ed.

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Lets see how long the RIAA will do this for.

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The Recording Industry Association of America says that now it will try to stop alleged music pirates by working with Internet service providers to cut access to frequent abusers.

I read somewhere (may be on Yahoo News) that one of the RIAA's tactics to stop music piracy is to have ISPs keep track of music downloads and include a charge for every song downloaded on their subscriber's internet bill.

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