The RIAA today sent a new wave of 408 pre-litigation settlement letters to 23 universities nationwide.

This new round of pre-litigation letters is the latest installment of a broad education and deterrence campaign that the RIAA launched earlier this year focused on illegal file trafficking on college campuses. The new process gives students the opportunity to resolve copyright infringement claims at a discounted rate before a formal lawsuit is filed. Each pre-litigation settlement letter informs the school of a forthcoming copyright infringement suit against one of its students or personnel and requests that university administrators forward that letter to the appropriate network user.

In the sixth wave of this new initiative, the RIAA sent letters in the following quantities to 23 schools, who are receiving letters for the first time, including: State University of New York at Morrisville (34 pre-litigation settlement letters); Georgia Institute of Technology (31); Pennsylvania State University (31); University of Central Arkansas (27); University of Delaware (23); Northern Michigan University (20); Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (20); George Washington University (19); Ohio State University (19); New Mexico State University (17); Eckerd College (16); University of Minnesota (16); California State University - Monterey Bay (14); University of Kansas (14); University of Missouri - Rolla (14); University of San Francisco (13); Case Western Reserve University (12); Northern Arizona University (12); San Francisco State University (12); University of Tulsa (12); Franklin and Marshall College (11); Western Kentucky University (11); and Santa Clara University (10).

Because of the summer schedule, the RIAA is extending the amount of time that the recipient of a pre-litigation letter has to contact the organization's legal representatives to work out a settlement.

Since launching its deterrence program in February, the RIAA has sent approximately 2,423 pre-litigation settlement letters to universities nationwide. The letters are in addition to the lawsuits that the RIAA continues to file on a rolling basis against P2P file sharers using commercial Internet accounts.