For the second time, the Recording Industry Assn. of America has targeted college students in a series of copyright infringement lawsuits.


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For the second time, the Recording Industry Assn. of America has targeted college students in a series of copyright infringement lawsuits.

The suits were by RIAA member labels on May 26 against 91 students who have been using the high-speed university computer network known as Internet2 at 20 colleges. Last month, labels filed lawsuits against students at 18 campuses using the file-sharing application i2hub to download and share music on the Internet2 network.

The students were from campuses across the nation including Harvard University, Ohio State University and the University of California at Los Angeles.

New "John Doe" suits were also filed against 649 individuals for alleged illegal distribution of copyrighted music through peer-to-peer services such as Kazaa, LimeWire and Grokster.

"As long as students continue to corrupt this specialized academic network for the flagrant theft of music, we will continue to make it clear that there are consequences for these unlawful actions," said RIAA president Cary Sherman. "With the multitude of legal music alternatives available to students today, there is simply no excuse for this ongoing illegal downloading on college campuses."