Music industry files 8,000 file-share lawsuits around the world

octantrum used our news submit to tell us that the music industries jihad against the file-sharing public, has gone International. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is filing 8 thousand more lawsuits alleging crimes against copyright holders, in ongoing effort to stamp out sharing of copyrighted works and to encourage the scofflaws to use legal music download services. The suits stretch across the globe throwing their legal net in some 17 various countries, including for the first time, Brazil, Mexico and Poland.

John Kennedy, chairman and chief executive of IFPI, told Reuters in an interview he was encouraged by the group’s progress, although he said the fight against online piracy would be an ongoing battle.

“It’s not getting easier but we are encouraged enough by the results to keep on going,” he said via the telephone from a trip to Brazil. “It will never go away completely.”

He said the success of high-speed broadband was combining with the threat of legal action and fears of computer viruses to encourage more and more users to opt for legal online services.

While the cost of pursuing individual legal cases has been very expensive, he said the music industry had benefited from its settlement of more than $100 million in July this year with long-time antagonist Kazaa, one of the world’s best known file-sharing networks.

“It put some money back into the war chest to try to clean up the online world,” he said. “Legal offerings will only thrive and open in different countries if there is a chance of them succeeding.”

It’s a sad state of affairs when the online world has become so corrupt and dirty, that it takes the likes of the music industry to clean it up! 😉 So far, the industry has filed some 18,000 lawsuits in the United States and 13,000 in the rest of the world. According to the report, some of the new multi-national targets are; the parents of children, a laboratory assistant in Finland and even a German Parson. 

Source: Reuters