RIAA LAUNCHES NEW SET OF LAWSUITS

Hundreds more file-sharers are being sued by the organisation…

The RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA are suing a further 744 people it alleges used online file-sharing networks to illegally trade in copyrighted materials.

The various suits cover ’John Doe’ defendants whose identities are unknown, according to the announcement yesterday (August 25). Suits were also filed against people who were identified but did not agree to an out-of-court settlement with the RIAA.

Reuters reports the individuals are being sued used a range of Internet platforms to swap songs, including Limewire, Kazaa, eDonkey and Grokster, said the RIAA.

The group has sued more than 4,000 people in its efforts to combat piracy since September 2003. However, last week makers of file sharing software were told by a federal appeals court that they could not be held liable for certain kinds of copyright infringement.