Biginning Of The Enforcement Of Copyright Laws Against Online Music Swappers

In the fight against digital music piracy, Internet Service Providers or individuals permitting the uploading and downloading of copyrighted music files are increasingly been prosecuted in the United States. Initially, enforcement of copyright laws in online music cases was not directed to individual users but rather to online companies. Yet, after 2004 and the proliferation of online music swappers, there has been a shift in this enforcement pattern and now individual users are the target of legal enforcement and may face penalties and/or jail time for copyrights infringement. Following, there is a brief description of how the United States (US) began enforcing copyrights laws against Peer-to-Peer online file sharing users.

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