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RIAA wants to close Usenet

After tackling individual pirates, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is going after the Usenet, one of the oldest computer network communications systems around, which even predates the World Wide Web.

Last Friday, the RIAA filed a lawsuit, putting forward the argument that Usenet newsgroups contain "millions of copyrighted sound recordings" in violation of federal law.

Only one company was named as a defendant, but if the lawsuit is successful, this could trigger a wave of similar legal actions aimed at Internet Service Providers, Universities or other Newsgroups.

The article by Cnet points to the fact that this case closely ressembles the one against Grokster back in 2005.

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