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

The British Phonographic Industry's campaign against illegal file-sharers is gathering pace. The trade group said today (March 4) 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 downloaders 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 will extent to users of eight file-sharing networks, including KaZaA, eDonkey and Grokster. The trade body will go to the High Court today seeking orders for the disclosure of the individuals' identities.