Perspectives on File Sharing
This article from OpenP2P.com, by Preston Gralla, offers advice to those who continue to download music files:
“But if you do decide to continue sharing files despite the potential legal problems, there are some things you can do to make it unlikely that the RIAA will target you. In this article, we’ll look at ways you can continue to share music and other files using file-sharing software, without fear.”
“This means that if you keep your music collection relatively small, you’re less likely to be targeted by the music industry enforcers.”
“The RIAA sued only those who made their own files available to others, not those who only downloaded them. So, for example, if someone downloaded files, but didn’t allow others to download from their collection, the RIAA left them alone.”
From the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Oct/Nov 2003, this related article, Copyright’s Digital Dilemma Today: Fair Use or Unfair Constrainsts? Part 1: The Battle Over File Sharing, by attorney and law professor Lee. S. Strickland.