Writing for the Reuters news service, Andy Sullivan reports that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is expected to unveil
an amnesty program
next week that would allow song downloaders to avoid prosecution.
The RIAA, which did not comment for the story, is also expected next week to file lawsuits against hundreds of individuals suspected of widespread copyright violations; these individuals purportedly used peer-to-peer file sharing services to transfer commercial music.
The report indicated that individuals who participate in the amnesty program would be required to sign a notarized affidavit promising to stop using peer-to-peer file sharing services to download copyrighted music, and would be required to delete all such music they’ve acquired.