Thursday, October 18, 2007

RIAA shifts legal battle to a new front, sues Usenet access provider

In the wake of its victory in the first file-sharing case to go to trial, the RIAA has moved on to its next target: the nefarious home of millions of illicit files, Usenet. Yesterday, a consortium of record labels filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Usenet access provider Usenet.com.

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In its complaint, the RIAA accuses Usenet.com of offering subscribers "essentially the same functionality" as do commonly-used P2P networks. The record labels cite Usenet.com's high-speed servers, the access it provides to the alt.binaries hierarchy, and the service's advertising that it provides the "'hottest way of sharing MP3 files over the Internet' without getting caught."

The RIAA is seeking a permanent injunction barring Usenet.com from inducing copyright infringement by its users along with damages, attorneys' fees, and any other relief the Court deems "proper and just."

Read the entire article By Eric Bangeman at Ars Technica

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