Non-US Music (Downloading) Portals Scoped By The RIAA
Filed under: Announcements & Events, Entertainment Industry, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services, Legal P2P News & Issues, Movies, MP3, Digital Audio & Games
The U.S. District Court of Columbia has granted the RIAA subpoenas in a case related to three non-US file-sharing websites. Now, the music industry needs to get the IP addresses and personal information of the portals’ operators.
Although RIAA’s budget had suffered some dramatic changes in the past two years, their intentions of stopping piracy have not deterred one bit. Just this month the RIAA sent over 800.000 takedown requests to Google, while also pursuing website owners via WHOIS services.
The latest examples are three music download websites from across the world – Mimp3.net, Descargaralbum.com and Jou-site.me. The RIAA filed and obtained subpoenas from the US District Court of Columbia to get the IP addresses and e-mails of the portals’ owners.
And speaking of portals, the first two, which are quite famous in Latin America, are offering external links that allow users to download music, while the third is a Dutch-based private tracker.
In their letter to the WHOIS services – WhoisGuard, Protected Domain Services and GKG.net – the RIAA is pointing out that all three websites are facilitating copyright infringement.
“We believe your service is hosting the above-referenced website on its network. This website offers direct links to files containing sound recordings for other users to download by such artists as P!nk, Micheal Jackson, Carly Rae Jensen and Linkin Park,” the RIAA wrote.
“As stated in the attached subpoena, you are required to disclose to the RIAA information sufficient to identify the infringer. This would include the individual’s IP-address and e-mail address.”
Furthermore, the RIAA asked the privacy services to “disable access” to the infringing files, if possible.
“We are asking for your immediate assistance in stopping this [linking to music] unauthorized activity. Specifically, we request that you remove the infringing files from the system, or that you disable access to the infringing files, and that you inform the site operator of the illegality or his or her conduct.”
We can only assume that the RIAA is either doing this on its own, which is unlikely, or helping its friends abroad (BREIN maybe?).