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BPI COURT VICTORY

The High Court rules that 28 UK file sharers can be identified…

The BPI have announced they have won a court order allowing them to identify 28 people they allege have uploaded music files on to filesharing networks.

The organisation recently announced they are taking legal action against 28 UK file sharers, kicking off a rolling programme of legal action against “major uploaders”.

Today (October 14) it was announced that they’ve been granted an order by the High Court requiring a number of UK internet service providers to disclose the names and addresses of the individuals. The order will be put into action within the next two weeks.

BPI General Counsel Geoff Taylor said: “We are pleased that the Court has granted the order that we were seeking. We are very encouraged by the judge’s comments. We have said consistently that unauthorised filesharing is illegal, and we will not hesitate to take action against those who infringe our members’ rights.”

The uploaders subject to legal action include users of the KaZaA, Imesh, Grokster, Bearshare and WinMX networks.

The BPI issued a warning in March saying that if the problem of unauthorised file-sharing did not improve, legal action would follow. Since then it has sent out over 350,000 instant messages to uploaders’ computers warning them of the consequences if they continue.

This year has seen a rise in legal online music services in the UK, with the launch of high-profile services like Mycokemusic, iTunes and Napster and the launch on September 1 of an Official UK Download Chart.

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