WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The Recording Industry Association of America Thursday sent "cease and desist" letter to seven peer-to-peer online networking services.
The RIAA announced it was the next step in its battle to halt music piracy in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision holding the networks liable for copyright theft, if their customers steal music, movies or other copyright property.
The letters demand the services install filters to prevent illegal downloads, the Hollywood Reporter said. If the networks fail to respond to the letters, they risk a lawsuit that could shut them down.
Among the services targeted by the RIAA were BearShare, LimeWire, WinMX and eDonkey, the Reporter said.