757 individuals at 17 colleges targeted.

Major record companies have filed lawsuits today (Sept. 29) against 757 more individuals at 17 colleges.

The "John Doe" lawsuits will seek the identities of those users sharing unauthorized music files through the application i2hub over the high-speed Internet2 computer network used at many universities. The suits also target users sharing files over such peer-to-peer services as eDonky, Grokster, Kazaa and LimeWire.

This round of suits marks the third time the music industry has taken action to combat theft on Internet2, brining the total to 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 Recording Industry Assn. of America President Cary Sherman. "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."

Included in the new round of litigation announced today are lawsuits against individuals at the following schools: Boston University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Drexel University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University, Princeton University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of California - Berkeley, University of California - Los Angeles, University of California - San Diego, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Pittsburgh.

Yesterday at a House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property hearing, chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) and ranking member Howard Berman (D-Cal.) said they will ask the Government Accountability Office to examine in detail why individual universities are having varying degrees of success combating piracy.

The president of MetaMachine, owner of eDonkey, also attended that hearing. He reportedly told subcommittee members that his company is in the process of complying with RIAA demands to convert the eDonkey user base to an online content retailer operating in a closed P2P environment.

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