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RIAA Targets Cloud-Storage Company Box.net

Trade group wants to investigate users suspected of sharing leaked music

May 20, 2011 12:55 PM ET
RIAA Targets Cloud-Storage Company Box.net

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.

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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.

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