750 targeted for illegally distributed copyrighted music.
RIAA-member record companies filed a new round of "John Doe" copyright infringement lawsuits today (Jan. 31) against 750 individuals. These suits come less than a month after the major labels named 112 individuals in other suits filed across 13 states.
These latest suits target those who illegally distributed copyrighted music over unauthorized peer-to-peer services such as LimeWire and Kazaa. They bring the total number of suits against file sharers to more than 17,800. More than 3,900 of the cases have been settled.
“While the music companies continue to innovate and develop new digital ways to offer music to fans, we will do our part to hold illegal downloaders accountable," says Cary Sherman, RIAA president. "Prosecuting songlifting is integral to helping protect the ability of record companies to invest in the up-and-coming bands of tomorrow and level the playing field for legal online services.”
The lawsuits against named defendants were filed in Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose, Calif.; Fort Lauderdale, Fort Pierce, Miami and Pensacola, Fla.; Atlanta and Newnan, Ga.; Council Bluffs, Des Moines and Rock Island, Ia.; Evansville, Indianapolis and Terre Haute, Ind.; Boston and Worchester, Mass.; Baltimore and Greenbelt, Md.; Ann Arbor, Bay City, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Marquette, Mich.; Brooklyn, Central Islip, New York and White Plains, N.Y.; Tulsa, Okla.; Columbia, Florence, Greenville and Spartanburg, S.C.; Abilene, Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, Galveston, Houston, Midland, San Angelo, San Antonio and Waco, Tex.; and Milwaukee, Wisc.