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Friday, January 20, 2006

More P2P lawsuits coming

That's the word from IFPI, the London-based, global umbrella for all music-industry trade associations. Paid music downloads passed the $1 billion mark last year (triple the 2004 figure), but most of those sales are from people new to the digital-music scene, not file-sharers, the Financial Times reports the IFPI as saying. So the organization said it would step up the lawsuits, though it has reported that "illegal downloading was static, despite a 26% rise in broadband [Internet] use" in 2005. For file-sharers in the US (or any country), if the IFPI is saying this, it's likely that its member organizations, such as the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), will follow suit.

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