A further five folks are being taken to court by the BPI as the music labels organisation seeks to up the pressureon illegal file sharers. The five – three men and two women – are being targetted as they have allegedly been responsible for mass uploading (8,096 songs) of copyrighted material onto peer to peer networks. So far, 60 people have settled out of court with the BPI paying anything up to £6,500 in compensation.

BPI chairman Peter Jamieson said: “Music fans are increasingly tuning into legal download sites for the choice, value and convenience they offer. But we cannot let illegal filesharers off the hook. They are undermining the legal services, they are damaging music and they are breaking the law.”

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