27 January 2006

Nettwerk vs. the RIAA

The cross-border file-sharing issue heats up again with news that Canadian record label and management company Nettwerk is funding the fight for one family sued by the RIAA.

This is very good news. Most of the lawsuits are being settled quietly with a mea culpa accompanied by a big cheque. I don't think any of them have actually made it into a courtroom, so perhaps we can start to see some case law developing.

Regardless, I will be paying much closer attention to Nettwerk and their artists -- though interestingly both Sarah MacLachlan and also the Barenaked Ladies have been outspoken against file sharing. Wonder if they will change labels?

Read more:
Canadian music giant funds battle against RIAA [The Register]
Record Label Supports Man Accused of Sharing Music Illegally [Information Week]

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