How to safeguard yourself on the Internet against RIAA prosecution:
- Note: This page is out of date and only affects users sharing music files. Being prosecuted is very unlikely - approximately 1 in 10,000.
- Do not share 1,000+ files. Simply sharing less than this number will likely exclude you from lawsuit.
- Or: Share only files you know to be legally exchangable. Do not share files that could be misinterprited as being from an RIAA-member label. Labels can be referenced with Amazon.com's music store. Also: files distributed under a Creative Commons or Open Audio License.
- Or: disable sharing entirely (only download - do not upload). While bad karma, it is the easiest solution.
- Or: use file sharing software that does not expose your IP Address:
- Or: use a proxy located outside the US.
- Or: run PeerGuardian or some other form of blacklist - lowers your chances of being detected significantly.
- Remove ID3 tags from MP3s to prevent their fingerprint or run MP3Gain to alter the file slightly.
- Block RIAA sources with a tool like PeerGuardian. Similarly, administrators should configure servers to blacklist RIAA IP Address ranges wherever possible.
- DONATE: To peer-to-peer legal defence fund.
A good source for actively-updated RIAA News: http://www.zeropaid.com
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "The latest copyright suits this week bring to 382 filed since the Washington-based Recording Industry Association of America announced its legal campaign nearly six months ago."
P2PNet: "Twenty-two days to go to Christmas and the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has filed lawsuits against another 41 p2p users it claims have violated copyrights owned by its masters, the Big Five (Four, Three?) music labels."
USA Today: "Despite bad press for turning on its customers, the recording industry said Wednesday that it would sue 41 more people, alleging they illegally downloaded music from the Internet."