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Recording industry to cut back on lawsuits

The Recording Industry Association of America said Friday that it will cut back on lawsuits to combat illegal online music sharing because it has enlisted leading Internet service providers to discipline individuals it accuses of pirating copyrighted works...

"In the 21st century, the idea that we're going to ban people from the Internet based on unproven allegations is troubling," said Fred von Lohmann, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Such measures could hamstring a person's participation in school, on the job and as a citizen, he said. "Even if you're guilty, is a ban from the Internet really an appropriate punishment?"

Saturday, December 20, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle

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