WASHINGTON, September 19 - The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), on behalf of its member companies, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit Thursday in the Southern District Court of New York against iMesh, an online peer-to-peer service created to facilitate the illegal copying and distribution of copyrighted works, including millions of sound recordings. The lawsuit asks for damages and an injunction.
"iMesh has built a business that profits off the backs of creators and deceives its users into participating in illegal activity," said Cary Sherman, president of the RIAA. "The message to parents and others should be clear - just as the underlying 'sharing' of copyrighted files is illegal, so are the networks that facilitate and profit from this theft.
"Our suit against iMesh further demonstrates our commitment to a comprehensive approach to fighting music piracy on all fronts. After last week's announcement of 261 lawsuits against individual users distributing massive amounts of copyrighted songs, there's a growing awareness that taking music that is not yours off the Internet can have real consequences and people are beginning to think twice before doing it."
"However, the operators of these unauthorized networks should be held accountable, as were the earlier Napster, Aimster and other services, for the illegal activity occurring on their networks, especially when they knowingly deceive their customers into engaging in illegal activity," Sherman added.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members are the music labels that comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States.
In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect the intellectual property and First Amendment rights of artists and music labels; conduct consumer, industry and technical research; and monitor and review state and federal laws, regulations and policies. The RIAA® also certifies Gold®, Platinum®, Multi- Platinum™ and Diamond sales awards as well as Los Premios De Oro y Platino™, an award celebrating Latin music sales.
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