‘ILLEGAL DOWNLOADERS’ IDENTITY REVEALED

Names of 33 more illegal filesharers must be released within a fortnight…

The BRITISH PHONOGRAPHIC INDUSTRY has been granted an order by the HIGH COURT requiring five internet service providers to disclose the identities of 33 more individuals alleged to have illegally distributed music on peer-to-peer networks.

According to the organisation, the individuals concerned had uploaded more than 72,000 music files to the internet.

The internet service providers now have a fortnight to give the BPI the identities of the filesharers. This will bring the number of people in the UK to face legal action for the illegal filesharing up to 90.

Those targeted will face claims for compensation and the legal costs in pursuing them.

BPI General Counsel Geoff Taylor said: “This court order should remind every user of a peer-to-peer filesharing service in Britain that they are not anonymous. These 33 people will now face paying thousands of pounds in compensation.”

He added: “We are continuing to collect evidence every day against people who are still uploading music illegally, despite all the warnings we have given. If you want to avoid the risk of court action, stop filesharing and buy music legally”.

Eleven of the 31 are from London and the South East, two are from Northern Ireland, three from Scotland and two come from Wales. Another filesharer hails from Norfolk while five are from the West Country. Two of the filesharers live in the Midlands, with a further five from Yorkshire and the North West.

Also, new figures released by the BPI shows that over the past two years, downloaders have spent £654 million less on recorded music.

The two year study, carried out by research group TNS, claims that in 2004 people spent les than half as much on recorded music as would have been expected if they were non-downloaders.