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Timing is Right for Legal Music Download Sites As RIAA Issues New Lawsuits

Via, links to websites for legal music downloads, which is a timely resource in light of this news from the RIAA today that states in part:

  • “..its member companies have filed the first wave of what could ultimately be thousands of civil lawsuits against major offenders who have been illegally distributing substantial amounts (averaging more than 1,000 copyrighted music files each) of copyrighted music on peer-to-peer networks. The RIAA emphasized that these lawsuits (note: 261) have come only after a multi-year effort to educate the public about the illegality of unauthorized downloading and noted that major music companies have made vast catalogues of music available to dozens of new high-quality, low-cost, legitimate online services.”
  • Details of the RIAA “amnesty program’ on copyright enforcement, Clean Slate, are available here in pdf via the website, music united for strong copyright. See also the Clean Slate Program Affidavit, via the RIAA site.
  • See also the EFF RIA Subpoena Database and this press release that warns about the “amnesty program.”
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