Rest in peace, mp3skull.
Thanks to a judgement in its favor filed two days ago (Feb. 24) by Judge Marcia G. Cooke of Miami's Federal Court, the RIAA can now add mp3skull.com and mp3skull.us to its ever-expanding graveyard of music piracy websites and properties that includes Grooveshark, LimeWire, Sharebeast, RockDizFile and Aurous.
The record industry trade association sued the site, based in Russia though targeted towards Western users, in April of last year, asserting that its music pirating activity was "enormous."
In her judgement on the case, in which defendant Monica Vasilenko -- identified via a domain registration being "briefly" made public, according to the complaint -- failed to appear following a summons or respond to the initial complaint, Judge Cooke awarded the RIAA ownership of mp3skull's web domains to the trade body and enjoins any further use of it, statutory damages of $22.2 million and attorney's fees. However, since the defendant can't be located, it seems unlikely that the RIAA will recover its damages.