The RIAA has launched a fresh wave of 8000 lawsuits against alleged file-sharers world wide. This brings the total to more than 18,000 in the US and another 13,000 world wide. In this most recent wave 17 countries were affected, including Brazil, Poland, and Mexico which had previously avoided lawsuits. The music industry claims they loose billions of dollars annually to music piracy and is determined to set an example by filing civil and criminal suits to stomp it out. To date approximately 2300 people have settled these suits in amounts averaging $3,000.
The RIAA claims to only go after the most egregious "uploaders" but as we have seen in the past lawsuits have been filed against people with as few as 5 files for upload. Not to mention, the industry has filed suits against the deceased, children, the elderly, and people without computers. Lets hope that one day the RIAA realizes that this sort of geshtopo behavior is not going to change the wave of the future.