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The worldwide attempted crackdown on illegal file sharing continues in Europe

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the European equivalent of the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA), has filed 2,000 lawsuits in 10 countries against alleged file sharers.  Users targeted reside all over Europe:  Finland, Portugal, Germany, the Czech Republic and Italy are examples of nations that have alleged file sharers that are being targeted.  The IFPI claims that the people targeted are users that make large amounts of files available for others to download over the Internet.  Portugal has been one of the hardest hit countries in Europe -- the country reportedly had a 40 percent decrease in the number of CD sales over the past several years.  The BBC reports:

"Clunky software, difficulty in finding tracks and over zealous protection limiting where customers can play music they've bought are continuing to fuel file-sharing," said Greig Harper, founder of XTN Data.

The British Phonographic Institute (BPI) also claims that file sharing has cost the British music industry £1.1 billion -- even though legal file sharing programs have started to become popular in the UK.


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By The Cheeba on 4/6/2006 1:31:23 AM , Rating: 2
Masher is arguably the most intelligent forum poster i have ever had the pleasure of virtually meeting. Its an odd thing to say but I seriously mean it. He always has insanely strong comments about everything he writes about.

When do we get to see mashertech.com?


By fsardis on 4/6/2006 4:47:16 PM , Rating: 2
where exactly did you see a strong argument in what he said? it was a bunch of crap. he has no idea what he is talking about. he googles for stuff and throws some info around to sound like a smart guy. he doesnt have an understanding of what he is talking about.
he is just insanelly good at googling. You can tell it by the way he posts around here, pretending to know everything about everything.


By masher2 (blog) on 4/7/2006 8:27:39 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks...actually Kris has asked me to field a blog here, which I'm considering doing.


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