Public Education Matters

Published on December 8, 2011
by Voices

Our legal efforts served as an essential educational tool: Fans know far more now about copyright laws and the legal consequences of stealing music than ever before. Before initiating lawsuits in 2003, only 35 percent of people knew file-sharing on P2P was illegal; afterward, awareness grew to 70 percent.

Liz Kennedy, communications director for the RIAA, in response to an article in the Tennessean, which stated that the Association’s legal initiatives had failed because “the suits ultimately proved ineffective in ending systematic online piracy”

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