'John Does' joined by 24 named defendants.

The RIAA today (May 24) filed a new round of copyright infringement lawsuits in its ongoing campaign against online peer-to-peer file-sharing.

The trade organization 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 a number of states, including Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Texas.

RIAA president Cary Sherman says the RIAA is looking to settle or otherwise resolve all of its ongoing cases, which now number about 2,500.

"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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