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New lawsuits against uploaders in Europe


IFPI announced today that it has launched a new series of legal actions against allegedly illegal file-sharers in Europe. According to IFPI’s press release, the music industry – roughly seven months after the first big wave – takes for the first time actions against uploaders in Europe’s two largest music markets, the UK and France. Similar legal actions are being brought in Italy, Denmark, Germany, and – another premier – in Austria. Today’s second wave brings the total number of cases – both criminal and civil suits – in Europe to more than 650.
Some of the details are interesting: While the Italian Parliament recently enacted what has been considered to be the toughest law against file-sharers worldwide, the industry today brought cases against 7 (seven) Italian uploaders – compared to 100 in Germany or 174 in Denmark. Check also the IFPI’s Fact Sheets on online piracy in several European countries.

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