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File-swappers 'should be paid'


File-swappers 'should be paid'


February 06, 2004, 11:20 GMT

Rather than being hit by lawsuits, file-sharers should be paid for converting their collections to legal formats, according to an industry trade group

Internet users could collect paychecks rather than lawsuits when they share music through "peer-to-peer'' networks like Kazaa, under a proposal outlined by an industry trade group on Thursday.

Rather than losing millions of dollars in potential sales to online song swappers, the recording industry should give them a cut of the revenues when they distribute songs in a protected format, the Distributed Computing Industry Association said.