Latest Round Of Music Industry Lawsuits Targets Internet Theft At 17 College Campuses
On behalf of the major record companies, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced a new round of copyright infringement lawsuits against 757 individuals engaged in Internet theft, including computer network users at 17 different colleges.
These "John Doe" lawsuits cite individuals for illegally distributing copyrighted music on the Internet via unauthorized peer-to-peer services such as eDonkey, Grokster, Kazaa and LimeWire. In addition, lawsuits filed in this round against university network users target students using the file-sharing application i2hub to download and distribute music on the advanced network infrastructure of Internet2.
Today's litigation marks the third time the music industry has taken action to combat theft on Internet2's specialized, high-speed university computer network, for a total of 560 lawsuits at 39 campuses this year.
"The authority of the Supreme Court's unanimous ruling in the Grokster case should not be ignored by students returning to campus this fall with sights set on free music," said RIAA President Cary Sherman. "Both the businesses that encourage theft and the individuals who download songs without permission can be held accountable for their illegal actions. Those who continue to engage in this online theft pose a direct threat to the music community's ability to invest in new bands and the new music that fans want to hear. These lawsuits are an important part of our defense against that threat."
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