Copyright Lawsuits Down 30 Percent

The Administrative Office of the Courts today released figures showing 2009 copyright litigation in federal district court fell 30 percent while overall litigation rose 3 percent.  Wired  reports the volume of copyright litigation may have dropped because the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) abandoned its litigation campaign against individual file sharers.

Between 2003 2003 and 2008 RIAA filed 35,000 copyright lawsuits against individuals, a litigation strategy designed to reduce the volume of illegally-downloaded music.  RIAA’s new strategy has focused on Internet Service Providers rather than individual Internet users.

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In 2006 we analyzed the issue of copyright liability for those who provide means  of    infringement, an issue that’s still pressing despite RIAA’s new focus.

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