Music Piracy Suits Expand Reach

The legal campaigns staged by the music recording industry appear to have made a dent in the illegal copying realm. The International Federation said that traffic on the Kazaa site alone has dropped by nearly half since the group began its public education and litigation efforts. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has announced a major legal initiative to broaden its offensive against illegal music downloaders. The trade organization will be filing nearly 1,000 lawsuits against music pirates, expanding its scope to several countries in Europe and Asia where it has not filed actions before.

Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Japan and the Netherlands are among the countries that will see increased pursuit of illegal downloaders. The group said it has made headway in countries where it has been active for some time — Germany, for instance.
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