Expect the Recording Industry Assn. of America (RIAA) to continue filing lawsuits against filesharers in the near future. On May 24, RIAA announced that the trade group had filed lawsuits against 517

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Expect the Recording Industry Assn. of America (RIAA) to continue filing lawsuits against filesharers in the near future. On May 24, RIAA announced that the trade group had filed lawsuits against 517 more filesharers.

"This is an ongoing program of education and enforcement," says RIAA spokesman Jonathan Lamy.

The RIAA once again utilized its "John Doe" process to sue 493 defendants whose names are not known. In addition, 24 suits were filed against named defendants, who were identified earlier this year through the "John Doe" process but declined to settle with the RIAA.

The suits were filed in federal courts in states that include Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Texas.

The RIAA has now filed 2,947 suits since it initiated its enforcement program in September 2003.

RIAA president Cary Sherman says the trade group is looking to settle or otherwise resolve all of its ongoing cases.

"We will continue to go the extra mile and seek to resolve these cases in a fair and reasonable manner," he says. "That's in the best interests of everyone involved."

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