So now the international equivalent of the RIAA is getting in on the act. The BBC reports that the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has 8000 lawsuits in the works against file sharers.
At some point, these legal attacks will succeed in their goal. They will dramatically reduce the number of people who download their favorite music illegally.
The danger, of course, is that they may well end up changing people’s “favorite music” in the process — to music that exists completely outside of the industry they control.
Every time the RIAA sues a music lover, they create another opportunity for the free music revolution.
Beware, proprietary music industry: Jamendo is coming. And you can’t stop them. You can only hope to contain them.