Tuesday, May 23, 2006

German eDonkey users face criminal charges

In news to delight the hearts of the most hard-bitten music industry executives, "German police have filed criminal charges against 3,500 people accused of using the eDonkey file-sharing network to share copyrighted music illegally"

Getting the authorities to fund the fight against copyright infringement has been the dream of the music industry for so long that they'll be dancing with glee in the executive suites of the big four and their trade groups, the BPI, RIAA and IFPI. If their net catches some large scale commercial infringers then by all means prosecute them but I sincerely hope this does not end up with naive teenagers going to jail just to 'send a message.'

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