News Burst: Jail term for MP3 pirates predicted

Within the next four months, a student or "other individual found downloading illegal MP3 tracks" will go to jail "as a clear signal that piracy will not be tolerated in the US"

That is the prediction from a senior figure within the music industry at the nme.com NetSounds conference in London Monday. The source, who requested anonymity, believes the American courts are under pressure from an increasingly litigious RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) which is currently suing MP3.com, to make an example of a digital pirate.

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