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RIAA Welcomes FTC's Alert to Companies Over P2P Privacy and Security Breaches

WASHINGTON - In response to the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) recent announcement of its notification to almost 100 public and private entities whose computer networks have been compromised due to the abuse of peer-to-peer (p2p) technology -- including schools, local businesses, publicly-held companies and others -- Mitch Bainwol, RIAA Chairman & CEO, offered the following comment:

It's an all-too common refrain: a story of another security breach caused by the abuse of p2p technology. Countless private citizens, corporations and government systems have been put at risk by entities that design a p2p product knowing that intense exchanging of files on open software programs brings unacceptable risk to others.

We are grateful to the FTC for recognizing the harmful effects of p2p abuse and raising consumer awareness on this issue.  While the warning is welcome, it does not fully address the persistent problems caused by bad actors who profit everyday as they jeopardize privacy and computer networks.

What else are we waiting for?  Given the significant job losses endured by the creative community and profound evidence that no business or community is immune from the damaging effects of p2p abuse, what will it take to spur meaningful and long-overdue action against those who profit from nefarious use of p2p?

FTC’s release on its announcement can be found here. 


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