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Saturday, 9 October 2004


The BBC reports that the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) is planning to bring cases against 28 illegal music uploaders who use file-sharing software to make music available to others. Although the BPI does not know the identity of the uploaders, it is hoping to find out by asking the courts to force ISPs to identify the uploaders on the basis of their IP addresses. The BPI claims that the group have had fair warning since it has been saying that it will bring this type of action since March. The UK actions are part of a wider strategy by the IFPI which is planning to bring actions against a further 459 downloaders across Europe.

The IPKat is interested to see that the IFPI is only starting to bring action against individual downloaders at a time when the strategy seems to have fallen out of favour with the American body, RIAA (see IPKat 29 September 2004).

More Pan-European strategies here, here and here

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