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UK filesharers feel industry hammers

Ninety downloaders taken to court so far

The music industry continues to engage in its attack against file sharers in the UK and the rest of Europe.

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on Tuesday announced another 33 legal cases against illegal filesharers, raising the number of people in the UK facing legal action to 90.

Meanwhile, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has launched its own action against 963 filesharers in eleven countries, it also announced Tuesday.

The BPI revealed that its first wave of legal action against 26 filesharers in October 2004 have, "all now been settled with defendants paying more than £50,000 total in compensation."

In March the organisation initiated actions against 31 other filesharers. The BPI has secured necessary court permissions to demand ISPs (Internet service providers) hand over the filesharer's identities and they were contacted, "with details of the BPI's legal claims against them", the organisation confirmed.

BPI general counsel Geoff Taylor said: "We have warned people time and again that unauthorised filesharing is against the law. Anyone who is engaged in this activity faces having to pay thousands of pounds in compensation. It’s now easy to get music online legally. We will maintain our campaign until the message gets across."

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