Piracy is a huge problem in the music industry, as more and more artists are seeing their online sales dwindle. The man responsible for a significant amount of illegal online distribution was taken to court last fall and has just been sentenced to federal prison for 3 years, a major win for the music industry.
The Recording Industry Association of America has been vocal throughout this case, and are very pleased with the outcome. Brad Buckles, the group’s anti-piracy executive VP, had this to say about the verdict:
This sentence should send a message that operating a flagrantly illegal business that steals from others by engaging in criminal activity online has real consequences.
While this obviously hasn’t put an end to online piracy, it should serve as a warning for those hoping to make a quick buck off other people’s hard work.