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January 30, 2006

British High Court Rules First Time Against Music File Sharing

The BBC and others are reporting that the U.K.'s High Court has issued a first ever ruling against illegal file sharing by ordering two men to pay between £1,500 and £5,000 for making thousands of songs available online.  The British Phonographic Institute (BPI), which is the U.K. trade association similar to the RIAA brought the case.  51 cases are still pending, while others have been settled out of court.

The High Court's judgments page is here, but the ruling had not been put up online as of this writing.

Story from the BBC is here, and from the Independent is here.

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