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Remember Peer-to-Peer Music Downloading?

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Remember the days of peer to peer music sharing? Remember the old Napster, Kazaa and Limewire? Before 11 years ago, many downloading music for free thought of it in the same way we recorded from our friends’ cassettes and CDs years earlier.

The recoding industry thought differently, on this day, June 25, 2003, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) decided to start suing those who downloaded music through file sharing. The RIAA started chasing down illegal downloading the next day.

The RIAA lawsuits as I recall mostly targeted college kids and those who made a hobby of downloading thousands of songs.

Back even before the lawsuits were happening I can remember some artists fooling you into thinking you were downloading the song by title, and when you got it after siphoning it, there would be a message in the audio like, “Sorry, you have to pay for this.”

I am sort of curious if this practice peer-to-peer song downloading still exists today.

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