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Britain joins battle against Internet music piracy

[JURIST] The High Court in London Friday ordered UK Internet service providers to release the names and addresses of 28 alleged "major file-sharers" of pirated music on the Internet. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) had pushed for Justice William Blackburne's favorable judgment in their recent effort to curb the illegal downloading of copyrighted music. Last week, as previously reported in JURIST's Paper Chase, the international recording alliance IFPI, acting in conjunction with BPI, announced 459 new lawsuits filed in Britain, France, Germany, Denmark, Italy and Austria. The IFPI's efforts are still dwarfed by the 5500 legal actions brought by Recording Industry Association of America. Read the RIAA's reaction to the IPFI's endeavors here. AP has more.

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