RIAA strikes again at traders

Thursday, 22 January 2004, 11:09 AM EST

The Recording Industry Association of America is suing 532 more individuals it says are illegally sharing copyright music over peer-to-peer networks, the group announced Wednesday.

It's the largest group of copyright-infringement lawsuits that the music trade group has filed since it began its crackdown on file traders in September. The latest batch of traders targeted by the RIAA are accused of distributing, on average, 858 music files.

Currently the RIAA doesn't know exactly who these people are, so it must use a "John Doe" process to obtain the names of those it says are illegally sharing music. Defendants are identified by their IP addresses. Once the suit is filed, the record companies must go before a judge to seek a subpoena ordering an Internet service provider to provide the name of each suspected infringer.

"Our campaign against illegal file sharers is not missing a beat," said Cary Sherman, president of the RIAA. "Illegal file sharers can't claim ignorance any longer."

By Katie Dean at Wired.

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