RIAA changes its abusive tactics

The Wall Street Journal and Ars Technica are reporting that the RIAA has announced a fairly dramatic change in its strategy to fight piracy.

Beginning immediately, it will no longer sue individual file sharers or do dumb things like harass universities.

Instead, the RIAA will report suspected infringers to ISPs, who will then investigate their customers and issue warnings or implement restrictions as needed. The benefit to ISPs who play along (participation is voluntary) is they’ll be able to better control congestion by applying this policy—something they’ve been trying to do for a while now as their customers keep using more and more bandwidth.

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