THE RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) is going after foreign websites that are sharing music, and has filed subpoenas in the US District Court for the District of Columbia for their private WHOIS information.
Torrentfreak has seen petitions from the RIAA - we are waiting for the industry body to confirm its involvement - and says that it is going after three websites, two in South America and one in Europe. They are named as Mimp3.net, Descargaralbum.com and Jou-site.me.
According to the report the RIAA has sent letters to WHOIS protection service Whoisguard, Protected Domain Services and GKG.net, outlining its concerns that the websites are infringing work that it represents and asking them to hand over their owners' contact information.
"We believe your service is hosting the above-referenced website on its network. This website offers direct links to files containing sound recordings for other users to download by such artists as P!nk, Micheal Jackson, Carly Rae Jensen and Linkin Park," it says.
"As stated in the attached subpoena, you are required to disclose to the RIAA information sufficient to identify the infringer. This would include the individual's IP-address and e-mail address."
As well as requesting this information the RIAA is also asking that access to the websites be limited and that the operators' be told that what they are doing is wrong.
"We are asking for your immediate assistance in stopping this [linking to music] unauthorised activity," it writes.
"Specifically, we request that you remove the infringing files from the system, or that you disable access to the infringing files, and that you inform the site operator of the illegality or his or her conduct." µ