The British Phonographic Industry's campaign against illegal file-sharers is gathering pace. The trade group said March 4 that it has reached settlements with 23 P2P users as it prepares for a new rou

LONDON -- The British Phonographic Industry's campaign against illegal file-sharers is gathering pace. The trade group said March 4 that it has reached settlements with 23 P2P users as it prepares for a new round of litigation. The BPI began its litigation campaign in October, filing 26 suits.

The average settlement is more than £2,000 ($3,800); two people are each paying more than £4,000 ($7,600), the BPI says. The remaining three cases are still in negotiation.

The BPI began targeting P2P users after launching an awareness campaign that warned file sharers of the consequences of illegal activities.

"These settlements show we can and we will enforce the law. No one should be in any doubt that we will continue to do so," says BPI general counsel Geoff Taylor.

Meanwhile, the BPI stated that it would bring 31 new cases against persistent file-sharers. The new actions involve users of eight file-sharing networks, including Kazaa, eDonkey and Grokster.