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U.S. tops world in music pirate downloads

John P. Mello Jr. | Sept. 18, 2012
Americans downloaded some 96.7 million music files from the BitTorrent file sharing network during the first half of the year, according to a report from Musicmetric, an online music analytics firm.

Judging from the volume of BitTorrent traffic reported by Musicmetric, those lawsuits don't seem to have made much of a dent in file-sharing traffic. What's more, they may not be very economical either. In 2007, for example, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) spent $17.6 million on lawyers chasing infringers only to recover $391,000 for its efforts.



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