Century Media to Sue 7,500 Fans -
German based metal imprint, Century Media has taken a
rather unprecedented step in their war on illegal downloading as
they reveal they're taking over 7,500 fans to court.
The label, whose roster include Napalm Death
& Iced Earth, has filed charges in New Jersey,
US. The label claims there have been 4,327 illegal downloads of
Iced Earth's latest album 'Dystopia' and
3,136 illegal downloads of Lucuna Coil's 'Dark
Jay McDaniel, who represents Century and two other media firms,
told NorthJersey.com (via
NME) of the
label's decision to take action:
"What many people don't understand is that it's the
distribution that's the evil influence. It does the real damage and
harm, not just to the client but to the culture industry, and to
creative endeavours in general. Illegal downloading has reached
epidemic proportions, as thousands of works are pirated on a daily
basis through bit torrents that rob copyright holders of the value
of their creative work."
"This kills the little producer and it has an extremely
destructive effect on the entertainment industry. Record sales
don't drive the music business any more - touring does. So illegal
sharing of music on the Internet has killed an entire
The accused are currently referred to only as 'John Doe' in the
court papers, however all of them have had their IP addresses
listed. If found guilty, all 7,500 file sharers could face a large
fine or a payment of $2900 (£1,790) to avoid going to court.
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