ShareBeast was one of the largest file-swapping sites in the world. But based on massive and willful copyright infringement, the FBI has seized the domain.
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? Mega-infringers like MP3skull still remain at large. That is raising questions about the effectiveness of groups like the RIAA, a flimsy enforcer at best. 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, Hollywood has been hammer-dropping the hardest of late. Heavy domain-snipping and favorable court decisions now emerging in European countries like Austria, Denmark, and most recently, Norway.