The letter was originally posted on the Recording Industry vs. The People blog, and linked to by Wired News.
In it, the RIAA asks ISPs to tell suspected file-swapper subscribers that the cost of their copyright infringement claim settlement with the RIAA would be discounted $1,000, if they agree to settle out of court.
The letter also asks ISPs themselves to send form letters to subscribers suspected by the RIAA of file-sharing, suggesting that they contact the RIAA to begin a settlement process.
Federal courts have ruled that the RIAA cannot rely solely on a user's nickname on a file-sharing account to file a copyright lawsuit. They must first file a "John Doe" suit, which eventually requires the ISP to reveal to them the identity of the suspected file-swapper as part of a court discovery process.
The letter also reveals the RIAA plans to launch a website, P2PLawsuits.com, which would offer "information about the copyright lawsuits that should facilitate early settlement."
http://tinyurl.com/2e68mk (Recording Industry vs. The People)