A second round of legal action against serial "uploaders" in Europe was announced Oct. 7. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry described the move as "the largest single wave of l
LONDON -- A second round of legal action against serial "uploaders" in Europe was announced Oct. 7.
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry described the move as "the largest single wave of lawsuits to be announced outside the U.S."
A total of 100 cases are being launched in Austria, 174 in Denmark, 50 in France, 100 in Germany, seven in Italy and 28 in the United Kingdom. The new actions bring the total number of cases so far in six European countries to 650.
The IFPI says the cases are aimed at individuals who upload hundreds of copyrighted songs to file-sharing networks without authorization from the copyright owners.
Kazaa, Imesh, Grokster, Bearshare and WinMX are among the P2P services used by the uploaders targeted by the lawsuits.
As with the previous cases, the IFPI is open to settling with defendants.
"We don't know who these people are. We're now taking the procedure to find out who they are, get their names and find out where they are. They will have the opportunity to settle the case before we take any action," explains IFPI general counsel Geoff Taylor.
Among the defendants is one individual who allegedly uploaded more than 7,000 copyrighted tracks. "It is one of the biggest [uploading] activities by an individual that we've ever come across," said IFPI chairman/CEO Jay Berman.
This is the first time record companies in the United Kingdom, France and Austria have initiated legal action against individual P2P users. Cases have previously been brought in Italy, Denmark and Germany.
Additional reporting by Remi Bouton in Paris.