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BPI Nukes Five P2P Pirates
August 1, 2005
Thomas Mennecke
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The BPI, or British Phonographic Industry, is the RIAA's United Kingdom counterpart. Like the RIAA, the BPI has filed a slew of lawsuits against individuals responsible for uploading or sharing copious amounts of files on various P2P networks. Comparatively, the BPI has sued very few individuals (less than 100) while the RIAA has sued well over 12,000.

Much like the RIAA's lawsuit campaign, the BPI gives lawsuit individuals the opportunity to settle out of court. This avoids being sued for up to $150,000 per violation. Rather, the individual will only have to shell out $3,000 and put the entire matter behind them. Similarly, the BPI typically settles for up to £6,500.

When an individual does not respond to the initial notification, bad things can happen. Very bad things. Such as losing the ability to settle for a few grand out of court. In that situation, barring some kind of courtroom miracle, the individual could face up to $150,000 per violation. Such is the case for 5 individuals named today by the BPI.

During an earlier round of lawsuits by the BPI, 5 individuals did not respond to the initial notification. Because of this, the BPI is moving ahead with civil proceeding and seeking full financial damages.

“So far 60 UK internet users have settled legal claims against them for illegal filesharing, paying up to £6,500 in compensation," said BPI General Counsel Geoff Taylor. "We have tried to agree fair settlements, but if people refuse to deal with the evidence against them, then the law must take its course. That's why we have had no choice but to take these five individuals to the High Court. We will be seeking an injunction and full damages for the losses they have caused, in addition to the considerable legal costs we are incurring as a result of their illegal activity."

This news comes despite a recent “The Leading Question” study that found that P2P participants were almost 5 times more likely to purchase online music than their computer depraved counterparts.

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