Just in time for the holidays, the Recording Industry Association of America issued 751 copyright infringement lawsuits as part of its ongoing litigation effort against peer-to-peer piracy.

Just in time for the holidays, the Recording Industry Association of America issued 751 copyright infringement lawsuits as part of its ongoing litigation effort against peer-to-peer piracy.

Named in the lawsuits were students attending Drexel, Harvard and the University of Southern California.

In addition, the RIAA for the first time named 105 defendants that previously were served with “John Doe” lawsuits in 13 states. The named defendants originally were anonymous, as the RIAA was targeting specific IP addresses and not individuals. The individuals named were identified in ongoing court proceedings since the original filing.

The timing of the lawsuits is no accident, with the RIAA hoping to push music fans into record stores and away from P2P sites this holiday season.

“The end of the year is an especially important time for the music community,” RIAA president Cary Sherman said in a prepared statement.

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