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RIAA's year-end shocker

After years of relying on lawsuits to try to stop individuals from illegally sharing music, the recording industry decides to try a new tack.

After years of relying on lawsuits to try to stop individuals from illegally sharing music, the recording industry decides to try a new tack.

One ISP says RIAA must pay for piracy protection

Owner of a small Louisiana ISP says he can't afford to be a copyright cop, and big media should compensate ISPs for tracking down suspected file sharers.
• How one ISP deals with copyright enforcement
December 22, 2008

RIAA drops lawsuits; ISPs to battle file sharing

Recording industry has decided to stop suing customers and has instead decided to make deals with ISPs to help thwart file sharing.
December 19, 2008

RIAA's Cary Sherman says lawsuits were the only option

Group president says lack of legal alternatives and "logarithmic" growth in piracy forced music industry to act to protect sector from being "decimated."
December 19, 2008

RIAA president: No talk of blacklisting file sharers

Record industry head explains how making deals with ISPs to enforce copyright is a more elegant solution than filing lawsuits. Details are still being hammered out.
December 19, 2008

Podcast: RIAA shifts focus away from individual file sharers

Group says it will only sue illegal file-sharing services, and let ISPs deal with individual abusers.
December 19, 2008

Copy of RIAA's new enforcement notice to ISPs

CNET News has acquired a copy of the form letter the RIAA will send to ISPs that informs them one of their customers is accused of file sharing.
December 19, 2008

Lawsuits or not, the RIAA still doesn't understand us

Recording industry will stop suing individuals and lean on ISPs to curtail piracy. Don Reisinger thinks this is just another example of the RIAA not getting it.
December 19, 2008

Sources: RIAA budget will shrink soon

Budget cuts are likely as the music industry gives up suing file sharers and continues to face financial losses.
December 19, 2008

Video: Will your ISP be 'asking' you to clean up your act?

Shifting gears, the recording industry has decided to outsource the job of tracking down people engaging in illegal file swapping to Internet service providers. What's behind the about-face?
December 19, 2008