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In a move that is a bit of a surprise (to me, at least), the Recording Industry Association of America has announced that it's moving on from its strategy of using the legal system to crack down on those people sharing music from member labels. After 35,000 lawsuits since 2003, what changed? While the organization might disagree, there's not much question in the outside world that the lawsuits were a PR nightmare that did little to actually deter illegal downloading, instead just encouraging Internet types to get a little savvier (and more self-righteous) about it. After all, most surveys show that the percentage of people downloading music hasn't changed, but the volume of files shared has increased rapidly.<br/><br/> Even the .... 1:45 a.m. Saturday 20th December 2008 EST
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