The IFPI is bringing litigation against its consumers as a business strategy to Europe. Already, the IFPI has brought a number of cases across the continent. In Denmark, 17 individuals agreeing to pay compensation averaging “several thousand euros.” In Germany, one file-sharer will pay 8,000 euros. Thirty Italian individuals have been charged with criminal copyright infringement.
IFPI is extending the litigation to other countries in Europe, starting with 24 more lawsuits in Denmark. France, Sweden and the UK have “launched high-profile warning campaigns” and “will prosecute file sharers if necessary.”
Recording industry shows first results of international campaign against illegal file-sharing
IFPI Chairman and CEO Jay Berman said: “Today’s results show that litigation, combined with the rollout of new legal online music services, is having a real impact on people’s attitudes to illegal file-sharing, and this in turn is affecting levels of file-sharing activity. We are not claiming victory yet, but we are encouraged by the way the market is developing, and by the shift we see in public opinion.
The beginning of this week curiously matches IFPI’s new leitmotiv “music piracy files falls 27%”. Probably the analyst who invented such statistics did not realize the amount of computing power and bandwidth it would take to verify such a statement in such a short timeframe…