Thursday, January 22, 2004

532 new lawsuits; 914 total

The recording industry sued another 532 file swappers yesterday, making a total of 914 lawsuits in this attack against p2p file sharing. I'm amazed at the sheer size of the operation -- this is numerically equivalent to suing my entire high school.

There's an interesting article online about the business merits of this strategy: Suing Your Customers: A Winning Business Strategy? (free reg. required). In the article, Professor Shell compares these lawsuits to Henry Ford's situation almost 100 years ago and finds that the recording industry will likewise fail.