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Submission Leaked letter from RIAA to ISPs

John Doe writes: A leaked letter from the RIAA to a US ISP sheds new light on the inner workings of the RIAA and the lengths they'll go to extract a settlement from those they suspect of file sharing without having to resort to so much as a John Doe lawsuit. The letter asks ISPs for additional cooperation in correctly identifying subscribers and communicating a new offer of $1,000 for those who agree to early settlements. But there's a catch: 'n order to be eligible for the Pre-Doe settlement option and $1,000 savings, ISPs will have to hold on to its log files for at least 180 days. This gives the RIAA ample time to pursue a lawsuit and subpoena if the suspected infringer elects not to enter a settlement.' The RIAA will also be launching a brand-new website,, to 'provide consumers with information about the RIAA's lawsuits and how to enter into a costly settlement in order to avoid litigation.'

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