8,000 new actions brought.

The IFPI is riding a new wave of legal actions aimed at illegal file-sharers. More than 8,000 new cases have today (Oct. 17) been launched in 17 countries, including the first-ever actions against file-sharers in Brazil, Mexico and Poland.

The IFPI's continuing anti-piracy campaign is targeted at prolific file-sharing "uploaders."

Since the trade association resorted to litigation in March 2004, more than 13,000 suits have been brought in the world outside the United States, it says in a statement issued today (Oct. 17).

Among the Europeans hit in the fresh wave of legal action are a laboratory assistant in Finland and a German parson. The trade body admits that many of those on the receiving end of legal action are parents whose children have been illegally file-sharing.

On behalf of the federation, IFPI chairman/CEO John Kennedy vowed to press on with the fight against P2P piracy. As a result of illicit P2P activities, Kennedy explains, "we reluctantly continue with our legal actions and today see the latest escalation of that campaign to show that file-sharing copyrighted music does carry real legal risks -- apart from the risks to privacy and the risks from spyware and viruses."

Since launching lawsuits against file-sharers, the IFPI says roughly 2,300 people have settled, with the average sum reaching almost €2,350 ($2,937).

The IFPI last week reported that sales of digital music in the first half of 2006 rose 106% to $945 million.