Sunday, February 1, 2009

End of the record labels' p2p lawsuits: time to reconsider?

The University of Michigan's student newspaper asked some Wolverines for their reaction to the record labels' recent announcement that they were winding down their litigation campaign against individual peer-to-peer users. The good news is that the litigation did appear to have its intended effect of deterring infringement. The bad news is that at least some are taking the announcement of the end of the lawsuits as an invitation to return to their old, infringing ways:

LSA [College of Literature, Science, and the Arts] sophomore Erin Breisacher said she stopped downloading music illegally after hearing about the possibility of receiving a lawsuit, but now that the RIAA has stopped pursuing lawsuits she “might start downloading again.”

“I think it is going to be a big deal,” LSA junior Amber Clark said. “A lot of people are going to download more, especially college students.”

LSA senior Chad Nihranz, said he thinks more peer-to-peer downloading sites will come out as a result of the dropped lawsuits.

“I figure, if there aren’t as many lawsuits they will come out with more software to allow students to download more,” he said.

People, keep in mind: the litigation spigot can be turned back on as fast as it was shut off.

1 comment:

  1. And, of course, just because the RIAA and MPAA may decide not to sue infringers personally doens't mean that they're not going to take other action (like negotiating with ISPs to turn off the internet for habitual infringers or encourage government prosecution of criminal copyright, when possible).


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