The recording industry is turning file-swappers' own tools against them with a new campaign that will send warnings to people who are offering copyrighted materials online.
Tapping into the chat functions built into software programs such as Kazaa and Grokster, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on Tuesday started sending automatic messages to people who are providing copyrighted songs online, warning them that they're breaking the law.
The campaign is geared to be educational, rather than a component of the industry's long-running antipiracy enforcement activities, the organizations said. However, the warnings will note that the file-swappers are putting themselves at legal risk by offering music online.
"We're going to be sending messages to the very people who are offering music, in real time, as they do it," said Cary Sherman, president of the RIAA. "The hope is that, this way, we'll be reaching the people who need to know that they are not anonymous, that there are risks of legal consequences if they continue, and also that there are risks to privacy and security."
News source: news.com