In the US, the RIAA filed hundreds of lawsuits against users of file sharing network, and in 2009 landmark legal decision, a judge ordered a Minnesota woman to pay a fee of several hundred thousand dollars for downloading music.
Although their early years were filled with some tensions and frustrations, the band's 2000 release of Hybrid Theory began paving the way for greater success - the project was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005.
It topped the charts in nearly every country that has a music chart and was the first single ever to earn the distinction of multi-platinum, as awarded by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).
Of course, once you become a popular P2P downloading service, you put yourself directly in the crosshairs of the RIAA, and soon iMesh found itself on the end of one of those nasty trade infringement lawsuits.
Not only did Faith earn the Recording Industry Association of America (or RIAA) Diamond Award for selling more than 10 million copies, four singles from the album reached the top of the US Top 100 Chart.
By 2010, some ISPs were voluntarily shutting down accounts of users who used P2P and bit torrent networks to download copyrighted material while other ISPs were fighting RIAA claims in court.
Some LimeWire users are also concerned that LimeWire may begin to restrict the swapping of unlicensed files, in response to demands from the Recording Industry Association of Amierca (RIAA).
Eventually, because Napster was facilitating the transfer of copyrighted material, the Recording Industry Association of American (RIAA) filed a lawsuit in December 1999 against Napster.
Bad press ensued for the RIAA, when it emerged that they had sued minors, and in one case, sued a deceased woman, who was 83 at the time of her death, for swapping hip-hop music.
In December of 2008, it received eight times platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and the album remains the band's best-selling album.