European File Sharing Lawsuits Filed

from the copycats dept

Didn’t someone in the US copyright/trademark/patent the concept of suing your target market? I would have thought the RIAA/MPAA had, but even if they have, they clearly have no problem with it being used by sister organizations around the world who prefer to shoot themselves in the foot, rather than pay attention to what their market is telling them. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), is following the RIAA’s strategy and suing hundreds of file sharers across Europe (and Canada). It’s unclear if there are procedural issues with these lawsuits (as happened in the US) concerning how they’re identifying these users, and whether or not the lawsuits are grouped together or are being filed individually. Either way, it’s showing that the US recording industry isn’t alone in misunderstanding (and harming) their own target market.

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