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Peer-to-Peer Combat: Interpreting RIAA Responses to File Sharing as an Act of Information Warfare

Lance Hayden, School of Information, University of Texas; Craig Blaha, Office of the VP for Information Technology, University of Texas

ASIS&T Annual Meeting - 2006 (ASIS&T 2006)
Austin, Texas, November 3-9, 2006


The RIAA campaign against filesharing systems allowing the distribution of copied music has been successful in raising awareness of the debate, shutting down filesharing systems such as the original Napster, and intimidating some filesharers through actual or potential lawsuits. In planning and conducting this campaign the RIAA has engaged in tactics that exhibit similarity to models of information warfare (IW). Using Denning's model of defensive information warfare, this paper will examine RIAA actions and assess whether they classify as IW. The use of IW methods and tools by non-state actors raises interesting questions regarding the blurring of government and corporate authority and power.

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