With the rise of music streaming, sites that enable piracy are becoming obsolete, but a few are still kicking. Now there’s one less. Sharebeast.com, one of the most popular sites used for illegally downloading music, has been shut down by the FBI. AlbumJams.com has also been seized.
According to the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), Sharebeast is “the largest music illegal file-sharing site operating in the United States.”
RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman has issued a statement on the Sharebeast seizure: “This is a huge win for the music community and legitimate music services. Sharebeast operated with flagrant disregard for the rights of artists and labels while undermining the legal marketplace.
“Millions of users accessed songs from Sharebeast each month without one penny of compensation going to countless artists, songwriters, labels and others who created the music. We are grateful to the FBI and the Department of Justice for its strong stand against Sharebeast and for recognizing that these types of illicit sites wreak major damage on the music community and hinder fans’ legitimate listening options.”