The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is downplaying a denial-of-service hacking of its Web site over the weekend, Billboard Bulletin reports.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is downplaying a denial-of-service hacking of its Web site over the weekend, Billboard Bulletin reports. The hacking began Friday, one day after Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), introduced legislation that would give copyright holders greater leeway to thwart infringement on peer-to-peer networks by using technological measures such as interdiction, file-blocking, and spoofing.

The denial-of-service hacking involved numerous computers attempting to make simultaneous connections to the RIAA site, creating an overwhelming volume of traffic and rendering the site unavailable to legitimate users. The problem was corrected on Sunday, according to an RIAA spokesperson.

"The site was never offline, and some people could access it," the spokesperson said, refusing to comment on possible motives or culprits behind the attack.

Berman's bill would not allow copyright holders to "send viruses through P2P networks, destroy files, hack into the personal files of peer-to-peer users, or indiscriminately block lawful file-trading," Berman said in his introduction. It also would not allow copyright owners -- whose self-help measures would be monitored by the Department of Justice -- to damage the property of intermediaries, including Internet service providers.

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