The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is planning to abandon lawsuits against individual file-sharers in an attempt to more effectively combat illegal music file sharing. Instead, the RIAA will send notices to ISP’s about the file sharers in hopes that the ISP will do something about it (either slow down service, cut it off completely, or not do anything at all).
This comes as particularly good news to me because I download and share quite a lot of music via torrent and I’m almost paranoid that I’ll get caught one day. I think it’s because of this paranoia that I’ve developed quite a sophisticated alternative to downloading via file-sharing. In fact, I reserve torrents only for the most rare and bootleg versions of concerts, while I mostly get my other music and major releases from another source (which I obviously won’t say here, but you can ask me).