Sue them all!

The music industry has launched a fresh wave of 8,000 lawsuits against alleged file-sharers around the world, escalating its drive to stamp out online piracy and encourage the use of legal download services.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, which represents the world’s music companies, said on Tuesday the new cases were brought in 17 countries, including the first ones ever in Brazil, Mexico and Poland.

The trade group said more than 1 billion music tracks were illegally downloaded last year in Brazil, the largest market in Latin America. Record company revenue has nearly halved in Brazil since 2000, IFPI said.

 

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The music industry really doesn’t get it. The more you sue, the less people will buy, online or offline.

One reason why record company revenue has dropped steeply is the lack of really good artistes. Name me one new act that has the cross-genre reach of Mariah Carey at her peak, or the Beatles in their prime.

Every song in the world that ought to have been sung has already been. That’s why you have pathetic Madonna sampling ABBA and putting craptastic lyrics on top of it.