Over the last few months, there have been some indications
that major label EMI was sick of the RIAA and IFPI's war on music fans -- and even had threatened to leave
the groups. While a huge step, it wasn't a huge surprise, given the new management
in charge at EMI, who did not come from a music industry background. It became clear quite quickly that the firm wasn't going to rest on its laurels, but wanted to learn to adapt and to adopt the new business models that involved treating fans right, not suing them. It appears that EMI has now worked out a deal with the IFPI, where it will stay a member of the organization but will contribute significantly less money
towards IFPI's "anti-piracy" activities. At the very least, this makes it quite clear that EMI recognizes those activities are counterproductive. For years, the record labels have been insisting that they need to step up such activities, even as every time they did so, things got worse. Of course, the IFPI is still suing and trying to take down sites, so it's not as if the industry has fully realized how counterproductive
these activities are. Eventually, though, perhaps they'll realize.