Century Media to Sue 7,500 Fans -
German based metal imprint, Century Media has taken a
rather unprecedented step in their war on illegal downloading as
they reveal they're taking over 7,500 fans to court.
The label, whose roster include Napalm Death & Iced Earth, has filed charges in New Jersey, US. The label claims there have been 4,327 illegal downloads of Iced Earth's latest album 'Dystopia' and 3,136 illegal downloads of Lucuna Coil's 'Dark Adrenaline.'
Jay McDaniel, who represents Century and two other media firms, told NorthJersey.com (via NME) of the label's decision to take action:
"What many people don't understand is that it's the distribution that's the evil influence. It does the real damage and harm, not just to the client but to the culture industry, and to creative endeavours in general. Illegal downloading has reached epidemic proportions, as thousands of works are pirated on a daily basis through bit torrents that rob copyright holders of the value of their creative work."
"This kills the little producer and it has an extremely destructive effect on the entertainment industry. Record sales don't drive the music business any more - touring does. So illegal sharing of music on the Internet has killed an entire industry."
The accused are currently referred to only as 'John Doe' in the court papers, however all of them have had their IP addresses listed. If found guilty, all 7,500 file sharers could face a large fine or a payment of $2900 (£1,790) to avoid going to court.