The fight against piracy will be one of the key issues on the agenda when the IFPI hold its bi-annual board meeting in London on May 18-20. Billboard.biz has also learned that board members will raise

The fight against piracy will be one of the key issues on the agenda when the IFPI hold its bi-annual board meeting in London on May 18-20.

Sources say the online piracy and litigation strategy the IFPI initiated against P2P users last March will be among the discussion topics. Last week, French IFPI affiliate body SNEP announced that lawsuits were in preparation in France, following action already taken in Canada, Australia, Italy and Germany. Billboard.biz understands that another wave of lawsuits are expected around June.

"The board will be going through a half year review of IFPI's program," says an IFPI spokesperson, who declined to discuss specifics regarding online piracy.
BMG COO Michael Smellie, EMI Recorded Music vice-chairman David Munns, Sony Music International president Rick Dobbis, Universal Music International chairman/CEO Jorgen Larsen and Warner Music International chairman/CEO Paul-Rene Albertini will be among the executives joining IFPI chairman/CEO Jay Berman for the board meeting. Also present will be RIAA chairman/CEO Mitch Bainwol.

Billboard.biz has also learned that board members will raise the issue of the future leadership of the organization. Berman still has 18 months to run on his current contract and it is understood that he will be relocating to the United States for the last year on his contract. "Succession plans will certainly be discussed," says a source. The IFPI would not comment on the issue.