: CNET has a copy of the RIAA's form letter
I caught this on Yahoo and found it interesting (although not surprising), so here goes:
At last, the music industry admits what we've known for years: That filing music-swapping lawsuits against teenagers, little old ladies, and corpses is a fool's errand (not to mention an expensive headache for the defendants). But don't worry–the RIAA has something new up its sleeves.
The new strategy (as reported by the Wall Street Journal
): If the music industry finds out that you're swapping music files online, it'll send an e-mail to your ISP (agreements have already hashed out agreements with "some" unnamed service providers, apparently), which will in turn forward the message to you–probably with a little "P.S." asking you to stop.
If you don't stop, well ... your service provider probably won't sue you, but it might slow down your broadband connection, or cut off your service altogether.
So, why has the RIAA changed the play? Well, maybe it's been looking at reports like this one
from the NPD Group, which shows that...