Independent metal label Century Media has filed lawsuits in U.S. courts that target thousands of fans of two popular indie metal acts for using BitTorrent to share music online. Century Media made headlines last year when it pulled and then reinstated its catalog on Spotify and other music streaming sites.
"The income streams to the artists are affected massively and therefore that accelerates the downward spiral, which eventually will lead to artists not being able to record music the way it should be recorded," Century declared when pulling their track from Spotify. "Ultimately, in some cases, it will completely kill a lot of smaller bands that are already struggling to make ends meet.
Two of the new lawsuits filed on behalf of Century Media in U.S. District Court in Newark,NJ seek to stop the file-sharing of “Dark Adrenaline” by the Italian band Lacuna Coil, according to NorthJersey.com. The lawsuits target 3,136 unnamed Doe defendants. Four more lawsuits target another 4,327 Jone Doe file-sharers for “Dystopia,” a 2011 album by Iced Earth;