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Articles tagged with: p2p

RIAA Vs. Limewire, It’s Payback Time

The popular peer-2-peer file sharing service, Limewire, was shut down last year. Now, a court battle continues arguing how much money the service owes to record labels that first sued in 2006. The judge overlooking the case has already made two rulings this week that “strongly favors” the record labels.

The most recent order will allow the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) to get paid twice for more than one hundred songs. The labels have already received small settlements from individual downloaders but with the new ruling, they can get more damages from Limewire for the same music. In 2003, the RIAA sued tens of thousands of individuals who used Limewire to download music. Of course these weren’t your moderate downloaders, these were people who were…

Music Piracy: Not a Big Deal?

Just released statistics from research group NPD show that less than 10% of Americans get their music from peer-to-peer downloading. This number is down from 16% in 2007, according to their Music Acquisition Monitor survey. This number seems relatively small considering the proliferation of fear in the music production industry, and the money spent on anti-piracy campaigns.

A reason for this drop is the court-ordered shutdown of LimeWire last October. According to NPD, in 2010, 56% of Americans using P2P music services used LimeWire, however this dropped to 32% in the months before they shut down.