The RIAA filed a new round of copyright-infringement cases against suspected file-sharers today (April 28). Today's actions accused 477 people, including 69 users of networks at 14 universities, of il

The RIAA filed a new round of copyright-infringement cases against suspected file-sharers today (April 28). Today's actions accused 477 people, including 69 users of networks at 14 universities, of illegally distributing copyrighted sound recordings on unauthorized peer-to-peer services.

The university networks in question are run by schools in Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

As in earlier rounds of lawsuits, the RIAA is employing the "John Doe" litigation process, which is used to sue defendants whose names are not known.

RIAA president Cary Sherman says the industry is making efforts to educate the university community about file-sharing, and many schools are keeping it under control. But he adds that there's a "complementary need for enforcement by copyright owners against the serious offenders to remind people that this activity is illegal."

Students targeted by today's action were on the networks of the following universities: Brown University; Emory University; Georgia Institute of Technology; Gonzaga University; Mansfield University; Michigan State University; Princeton University; Sacred Heart University; Texas A&M University; Trinity College (Conn.); Trinity University (Tex.); University of Kansas; University of Minnesota and Virginia Polytechnic Institute.