RIAA Files New LawsuitsAnother 761 people are accused of illegally swapping music files.
Grant Gross, IDG News Service
The Recording Industry Association of America has filed new lawsuits against 761 people who allegedly use peer-to-peer software to trade music files without permission, the trade group announced this week.
The lawsuits included users of the eDonkey, Limewire, and Kazaa services, as well as 25 people using university Internet connections to distribute music files.
American University in Washington, D.C., Boston College, Iowa State University, and the University of Massachusetts were among the college networks used by those sued.
The RIAA believes that partnerships between universities and pay-for-music download services have in part come about because of the trade group's legal strategy, RIAA president Cary Sherman says in a statement.
At least 20 U.S. universities signed agreements with pay-for-music services as of August, and more signed agreements since then, according to the RIAA.
"The lawsuits are an essential educational tool," Sherman says in a statement. "They remind music fans about the law and provide incentives to university administrators to offer legal alternatives."
Since September 2003, the RIAA has filed more than 7000 lawsuits, including more than 2200 lawsuits announced since October 1, against alleged file traders.
The new RIAA lawsuits come on the heels of another group of lawsuits announced this week by the Motion Picture Association of America. The undisclosed number of MPAA lawsuits were aimed at P-to-P users who allegedly distributed movies without permission.