RIAA sues 762 P2P file-traders


RIAA sues 762 P2P file-traders

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has filed 762 new lawsuits against alleged file-traders using peer-to-peer (P2P) services.

The total number of lawsuits it has filed since September 2003 now reaches more than 5,500.

The 762 lawsuits include 32 people at 26 US universities who allegedly used their university networks to distribute music files on P2P networks.

The new lawsuits are filed against unnamed defendants. In December 2003, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the RIAA does not have the authority under US law to subpoena the names of alleged P2P file traders from ISPs.

The RIAA has also brought lawsuits against 68 named defendants. Those defendants are people whom the RIAA sued but who declined or ignored an RIAA offer to settle their cases.

The lawsuits against university network users are intended to drive home the message to students that unauthorised downloading has consequences, RIAA President Cary Sherman said. "We want music fans to enjoy music online, but in a fashion that compensates everyone who worked to create that music," he said.

Grant Gross writes for IDG News Service

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