Music downloads decline after RIAA lawsuits

Monday, 5 January 2004, 1:14 PM EST

The percentage of Americans who downloaded music from the Internet fell to 14 percent over the four weeks ended Dec. 14, from 29 percent in a 30-day sample conducted in March, April and May, according to a telephone survey of 1,358 Internet users conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Since September, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has filed about 400 lawsuits against music downloaders, claiming "egregious" copyright infringement and seeking up to $150,000 per violation.

About half of the people hit with such lawsuits have settled out of court, usually for $5,000 or less, while others have mounted fierce legal challenges to the lawsuits.

The number of downloaders fell to about 18 million people in the winter period, from 35 million in the spring, the Pew study found.

By Reuters at ZDNet.

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