Four years ago, the recording industry set off a legal firestorm when it sued 261 music file-swappers, a move that has reshaped the peer-to-peer, file-sharing world and revamped pirating technologies.
The legal tempest commenced September 8, 2003. Members of the Recording Industry Association of America have followed with some 20,000 similar lawsuits, legal threats and settlements, according to a report published Wednesday by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
"The lawsuits, however, are not working," according to the report by the California privacy group. "Today, downloading from P2P networks is more popular than ever, despite the widespread public awareness of lawsuits."