RIAA Takes Down BearShare

Published: 2006-05-10
In September 2005, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sent 'cease and desist' letters out to seven P2P file sharing sites, now seven months later popular P2P site BearShare agreed to pay $30(US) million to the industry to avoid charges.

The letters came after the American Supreme Court decision in the MGM Studios vs. Grokster case. The Supreme Court ruled that file sharing sites were responsible for copyright infringement that occurred as a cause of their software.

As a result of the 'cease and desist' letters two of the P2P sites, iHub2 and WinMX shut down, eDonkey changed its illegal ways and became a legal site where people had to pay for downloads. Kazaa and Morpehus will duke it out in court, while Warez P2P, Limewire and Soulseek remain up and running, though Limewire did put a warning up on their site asking people not to download their software if they were planning on using it to download illegally.

BearShare's technology and assets were bought by iMesh a similar P2P sharing site that settled with the RIAA for over $4 million (US) in 2004.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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