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RIAA Sues Another 762 Over File Sharing
Total number of suits filed by the music industry since 2003 exceeds
Grant Gross, IDG News Service
Friday, October 01, 2004
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today filed 762
new lawsuits against alleged file traders using peer-to-peer (P-to-P)
file sharing services. The total number of such lawsuits filed since
September 2003 now exceeds 5500.
Thirty-two people at 26 U.S. universities who allegedly used their
university networks to distribute music files on P-to-P networks were
among defendants in the new lawsuits filed Thursday. However, the
defendants are unnamed. The RIAA filed 744 such lawsuits in late August.
In December 2003, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of
Columbia ruled that the RIAA does not have the authority under U.S. law
to subpoena the names of alleged P-to-P file traders from Internet
Other Defendants Named
In addition to the so-called "John Doe" lawsuits announced this week,
the RIAA last week brought lawsuits against 68 named defendants. Those
defendants are people whom the RIAA earlier 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 unauthorized downloading has
consequences, according to RIAA President Cary Sherman in a statement.
"We want music fans to enjoy music online, but in a fashion that
compensates everyone who worked to create that music," Sherman says.
Among the universities involved in the latest round of lawsuits are
Colgate University, Columbia University, Georgetown University, Kent
State University, Louisiana State University, Michigan State
University, Stanford University, the University of Connecticut, and the
University of Louisville.
The RIAA has now filed 5541 lawsuits against alleged music-file
uploaders since September 2003.
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