The Recording Industry Assn. of America has launched a new wave of copyright infringement lawsuits against 725 alleged illegal file sharers on behalf of the major record companies.


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Recording Industry Assn. of America has launched a new wave of copyright infringement lawsuits against 725 alleged illegal file sharers on behalf of the major record companies.

The "John Doe" suits filed April 27 name the individuals for illegally distributing copyrighted music on the Internet via unauthorized peer-to-peer services such as Kazaa, eDonkey and Grokster.

The litigation was filed in federal District Courts across the country, including California, Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

In addition to the John Doe lawsuits, music companies filed 200 lawsuits against named defendants who are accused of illegal filesharing in California, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Texas.

The names of these individuals, whose Internet protocol addresses were previously identified in John Doe lawsuits, have been subpoenaed from their respective Internet Service Providers.