The peer-to-peer network aims to make users' voices heard in the face of RIAA threats to sue individuals over their downloading habits...

MORPHEUS, the company behind one of the biggest music-swapping software applications in the US, has said they will battle US music industry plans to sue those who use ‘peer-to-peer’ networks by taking a campaign to the seat of power in the States.

The company said it will lobby CONGRESS in a bid to fight the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) plans to sue those found to be illegally distributing songs through software like Morpheus and Kazaa.

“The record industry called peer-to-peer users pirates, but what these people are, are hundreds of millions of voters,” Michael Weiss, boss of Morpheus parent company Stream Cast said.

“At the end of next month, we’re going to be involved in helping to mobilise peer-to-peer users around the world and ultimately around the globe to ensure that their voices are heard,” he added.

Weiss told the BBC, “There’s been too much misinformation and rhetoric. We’re going to facilitate that consumers’ voices are heard in Congress.”

As reported on NME.COM yesterday (June 26), the RIAA blames file-sharing for dive-bombing CD sales over recent years, while networks and users themselves insist that it is a useful and legitimate way for fans to find out about new music – and one that will not go away.