RIAA Announces More Lawsuits
January 31, 2006 at 12:01 PM (PT)
The RIAA today announced a new round of copyright infringement lawsuits against 750 individuals.
The new "John Doe" lawsuits filed today cite individuals for illegally distributing copyrighted music on the Internet via unauthorized peer-to-peer services such as LimeWire and Kazaa. In addition to these "John Doe" litigations, the major music companies filed lawsuits earlier this month against 112 named defendants in CALIFORNIA, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, INDIANA, IOWA, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, NEW YORK, OKLAHOMA, SOUTH CAROLINA, TEXAS, and WISCONSIN.
"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. 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," said RIAA Pres. CARY SHERMAN. "The illegal downloading of music is just as wrong as shoplifting from a local store. It's against the law, and breaking the law must carry consequences."