Record Companies Sue Internationally

Published: 2005-11-16
The International Federation for the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) launched more legal action against music file sharers across the globe last Tuesday.

The federation launched 2100 lawsuits in many different countries, including Sweden, Switzerland, Argentina, Hong Kong, and Singapore, where pirates hadn't been sued before.

IFPI is trying to stop piracy in two ways: by promoting legal downloads, like those on iTunes or the new straight-laced Napster, and by cracking down on the P2P file sharers who are distributing music for free.

According to Yahoo News, "the number of legal actions in the form of civil complaints or criminal prosecution against uploaders is now more than 3,800 in 16 nations outside the United States." But don't worry: people from Canada have yet to be added to this list.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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