Music industry in 8,000 new file-share lawsuits. 20 Billion Illegaly Downloaded Songs. The music industry has launched 8,000 ‘new’ lawsuits against alleged file-sharers around the world, hoping to stamp out online piracy and encourage the use of legal download services. The trade group said more than 1 billion music tracks were illegally downloaded last year in Brazil, the largest market in Latin America. Record company revenue has nearly halved in Brazil since 2000, IFPI said. IFPI has said some 20 billion songs were illegally downloaded worldwide last year. The industry has now filed about 18,000 lawsuits in the United States, the largest market for music sales, and 13,000 in the rest of the world.
Let the Games Begin. The CEO of Time Warner, fired a shot across the bows of Google, saying his group would pursue its copyright complaints against the video sharing site YouTube.