Considers more against abusers of I2Hub.

The RIAA 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 yesterday (April 27) cite 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 Provider.

Earlier this month, the RIAA took on an emerging epidemic of music theft on the high-speed university computer network known as Internet2.

As part of this action, the music industry filed lawsuits against 405 students using the file-sharing application i2hub to download and share music on the Internet2 network.

While this initial filing was limited to students on 18 campuses, the RIAA found evidence of i2hub infringement at another 140 schools in 41 states and is “exploring the possibility of future lawsuits against abusers of Internet2.”

The John Doe lawsuits filed yesterday do not include users of university networks.