Major record labels on June 29 filed an additional 784 copyright infringement lawsuits against "John Doe" file-sharers.
NEW YORK -- Major record labels on June 29 filed an additional 784 copyright infringement lawsuits against "John Doe" file-sharers.
In addition to requesting damages for infringement, the suits seek the identities of those users who are sharing unauthorized music files on peer-to-peer services such as Kazaa, LimeWire and Grokster in California, Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, DC.
"The Supreme Court provided a real shot in the arm to legitimate online music services and unanimously injected moral clarity into this debate," says Mitch Bainwol, Recording Industry Assn. of America CEO/chairman. "If there was any doubt left, there should now be none -- individuals who download music without permission are breaking the law. Our efforts to defend the rights of record labels, musicians, songwriters and others in the music community from theft will certainly continue and likely be strengthened in the weeks and months ahead."