However RIAA chief executive Cary Sherman wrote last year that the approach is increasingly ineffective.
“While the system worked when isolated incidents of infringement occurred on largely static web pages – as was the case when the [US copyright] law was passed in 1998 – it is largely useless in the current world where illegal links that are taken down reappear instantaneously,” he said.
“The result is a never-ending game that is both costly and increasingly pointless.”
The level of piracy of The Life of Pablo is unusual, Ernesto from Torrent Freak told the BBC.
“Generally we don’t track music releases closely, so I’m not calling any records,” he said.
“However, I haven’t seen numbers this high before for a music release – not with Adele either.”