The Recording Industry Assn. of America announced Sept. 30 that it has initiated a round of copyright-infringement lawsuits against 762 file sharers, including 32 individuals at 26 U.S. universities.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Recording Industry Assn. of America announced Sept. 30 that it has initiated a round of copyright-infringement lawsuits against 762 file sharers, including 32 individuals at 26 U.S. universities. The latest actions bring the total number of defendants sued this year to 5,541.

As it has with all nine rounds of lawsuits filed so far this year, the RIAA is utilizing the "John Doe" litigation process, which is used to sue defendants whose names are not known.

In addition, the RIAA says that it brought lawsuits against 68 named defendants the week of Sept. 20. These are individuals who were identified through the litigation process and then declined or ignored an RIAA overture to settle the case before it proceeded further.

The file sharers sued in this round were allegedly using a variety of unauthorized peer-to-peer platforms, including eDonkey, Kazaa and LimeWire. Some of the individuals were using the computer networks of such universities as Columbia, Georgetown and Colgate.

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