Monday, September 14th, 4:30 am ET…
ShareBeast was one of the largest file-swapping sites in the world. Its domain has now been seized by the FBI, based on massive and willful copyright infringement.
Prior to the teardown, the RIAA had submitted more than 100,000 takedown notices for ShareBeast links to Google. Other than that, ShareBeast seemed totally legal. “This is a huge win for the music community and legitimate music services,” proclaimed Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) president Cary Sherman.
“ShareBeast operated with flagrant disregard for the rights of artists and labels while undermining the legal marketplace.”
So what about other blatant infringers? Far larger sites like mp3skull (now at mp3skull.is) have remained untouched for years, and continue to raise questions about the effectiveness of groups like the RIAA. Sherman himself has been criticized for pulling a multi-million dollar salary while aggressively cutting the RIAA’s critical ranks.
The result may be too few soldiers in a war that demands constant fighting and resources. Indeed, most of the hammer-dropping of late has been driven by other media industries like Hollywood, with heavy domain-snipping and favorable court decisions now emerging in European countries like Austria, Denmark, and most recently, Norway.