Ministry of Sound to sue 2000 filesharers
Lots of people in the music industry are weighing up ways of stopping people from illegally downloading music. Most of these people own labels and see themselves as out-of-pocket after nurturing and developing new artists. Effectively, they want the money back from someone and they don't care who has to pay up. However, suing people willy-nilly would be a PR nightmare, so for the time being, they continue to scratch their chins while they make a plan.
However, in a weird turn of events, Gallant Macmillan has got the ball rolling with some mass litigation against 2000 filesharers on behalf of Ministry of Sound record label - which is weird, considering that MoS don't seem to do much other than make compilations of other label's bands.
The file-sharers have received threatening legal letters which basically state that they have to cough-up a settlement fee of something in the region of £350 or have the axe hang over them in court with much larger penalties. It seems incredibly heavy-handed.
Even the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) isn't best pleased with this move. They're okay with with trying to penalise copyright infringers, but tend to save this action for the most serious abusers.
ExtraTorrent report that some people have panicked and simply stumped up the settlement fee, whilst others have shrugged and binned the letters.
What's odd about this action is that MoS can't be certain that the individuals who have received the letter have done anything wrong. The only certainty is that the ISP IP address has been used for filesharing, which of course, could have been hacked or indeed, used by a family member who doesn't pay the bills.
For the time being, those that have ignored the letter have not heard of any further action but Gallant Macmillan is saying that Ministry of Sound is serious about this action, even though no-one has been summoned to a court as yet.