Feeds

RIAA claims illegal file sharing 'contained'

'We're winning the war'

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

The record industry's battle against illegal file sharing is continuing, with the industry claiming it is winning the war.

According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), illegal file-swapping is being "contained". The industry group says illegal file trading is now flat, while legitimate digital downloads are thriving.

RIAA chief executive Mitch Bainwol made the somewhat optimistic comments, adding that although CD sales continued to slip - something that file sharers have been blamed for in the past - legal digital downloads were up some 77 per cent.

In the past, the recording industry has blamed digital music and illegal downloads for the slump in CD sales. However, this was in direct contrast to a number of reports that claimed file sharers purchased more music, not less.

To be sure, the recording industry has won a number of high profile victories against file sharing services. In November, a US Federal Court ordered Kazaa to block some 3,000 keywords from its service, including songs from artists such as Eminem, Kylie Minogue and Madonna.

A number of services, including Grokster, have also disappeared from view after courts took a dim view of claims that the companies were not responsible for the actions of their users.

Some of the former file-swapping services have since developed into legitimate businesses, such as Napster, while legal downloading services like Apple's iTunes continue to prove extremely successful.

In 2005, sales of legally downloaded music trebled, providing record companies with more than $1.1bn in revenues, according to the International Federation of Phonographic Industry's (IFPI) Digital Music Report 2006.

In Ireland, the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) has already moved against serial file sharers, filing a number of cases against those who uploaded vast amounts of music to peer-to-peer networks.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has targeted some 2,000 file-sharers across 10 countries throughout Europe in an attempt to stop copyright infringement in its tracks.

Copyright © 2006, ENN

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV
Pureed-carrot-in-ice cream C++ surprise
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Twitter: La la la, we have not heard of any NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES
If there are any on our site it is not our fault as we are not a PUBLISHER
Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus
Italian boffins agree with popette's theory that haters are the real wrecking balls
Sit tight, fanbois. Apple's '$400' wearable release slips into early 2015
Sources: time to put in plenty of clock-watching for' iWatch
Facebook to let stalkers unearth buried posts with mobe search
Prepare to HAUNT your pal's back catalogue
Ex-IBM CEO John Akers dies at 79
An era disrupted by the advent of the PC
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?