U.K. trade body the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has won the latest round in its war against online music piracy. The High Court in London today (Oct. 14) granted an order forcing four Internet

U.K. trade body the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has won the latest round in its war against online music piracy. The High Court in London today (Oct. 14) granted an order forcing four Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to disclose the identity of the 28 serial music uploaders the trade group is targeting with legal procedures.

Mr. Justice Blackburne ordered the unidentified ISPs to comply within 14 days. "On the face of it this appears to be a powerful case of copyright infringement," he told the court.

BPI general counsel Geoff Taylor says the trade body is "very encouraged" by the judge's comments. "We have said consistently that unauthorized filesharing is illegal, and we will not hesitate to take action against those who infringe our members' rights," Taylor says.

The London-based organization will contact the targeted individuals once it receives their names and addresses. It will then set out the details of their alleged infringements and will offer them the opportunity to settle the case without proceedings.

The BPI on Oct. 7 announced legal measures against P2P users, following an awareness campaign warning downloaders of the consequences of their illegal activity. French trade body SNEP and collecting society SCPP simultaneously initiated proceedings against 50 file-shares in that territory, in what the IFPI declared at the time was "the largest single wave" of lawsuits announced outside the United States.