The Recording Industry Association of America has filed legal action against Box.net, a company that provides cloud-based storage for businesses, with the allegation that its users have been pirating music. In a declaration filed on Wednesday, the RIAA requested a subpeona of Box.net to investigate specific users believed to be abusing the service by hosting pre-release music files.
Choose Rolling Stone's Cover: The Sheepdogs vs. Lelia Broussard. Vote Now!
This marks the first time that that RIAA has targeted a cloud-based service. Though the trade group has won several battles with peer-to-peer file sharing services – including a recent $105 million settlement with Limewire – battling legitimate companies such as Box.net, which is marketed as a secure method for businesses to share content, may be more of a challenge.