The RIAA announced today (Aug. 25) that it has filed a new round of copyright-infringement lawsuits against consumers -- this time, targeting 744 individuals alleged to have used peer-to-peer platform

The RIAA announced today (Aug. 25) that it has filed a new round of copyright-infringement lawsuits against consumers -- this time, targeting 744 individuals alleged to have used peer-to-peer platforms such as eDonkey, Limewire, Grokster and Kazaa.

The RIAA says it filed "John Doe" lawsuits in Atlanta; St. Louis; Oakland, Calif.; New York; Austin; Covington, Ky.; Denver; Trenton, N.J.; and Madison, Wisc. Also filed were 152 suits against named defendants who were identified through the litigation process and then declined or ignored an RIAA request to settle, the trade group claims.

"Just as enforcement strategies for street piracy adapt with changing circumstances, the same goes for combating piracy online," says RIAA president Cary Sherman. "We are adjusting and expanding our efforts to target illegal file sharing on additional platforms like eDonkey and others. There will always be a degree of piracy, both on the street and online. But without a strong measure of deterrence, piracy will overwhelm and choke the creation and distribution of music."

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