Brought against 750 individuals.
RIAA-member labels filed a new round of copyright infringement lawsuits today (Feb. 28) against 750 individuals for distributing copyrighted music over peer-to-peer services without permission.
The "John Doe" lawsuits will name the defendants, who have shared music files over such services as LimeWire and Kazaa, when they are identified through the legal process.
In addition to these new suits, the major labels filed lawsuits earlier this month against 210 named defendants in Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
“For legal online services to continue to break new ground, we must do our part to protect the integrity of the marketplace,” said Cary Sherman, RIAA president. "Just as we continue to educate fans about the right ways to enjoy music online, we will continue to enforce our rights through the legal system. Songlifting is not without consequences.”
Specifically, lawsuits with named defendants were filed in: Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, and Santa Ana, Calif.; Atlanta and Newnan, Ga.; Chicago; Ann Arbor, Bay City, and Detroit, Mich.; Trenton, N.J.; Brooklyn, Central Islip, New York, and White Plains, N.Y.; Allentown and Philadelphia, Penn.; Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Galveston, Houston, Laredo, McAllen, San Antonio, Victoria, and Waco, Tex.; Alexandria, Newport News, Norfolk, and Richmond, Va.; Seattle; and Green Bay and Milwaukee, Wis.