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RIAA files 757 more P2P lawsuits

Still chasing alleged copyright infringers

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

The P2P networks may be fizzling out, but that hasn't stopped the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) continuing to pursue alleged copyright infringers through the courts.

The organisation, which represents the US divisions of the world's major recording multinationals, this week issued lawsuits against 757 individuals it claims have shared its members' content without permission. Around 64 of those sent lawsuits are connecting to the net via college networks.

Since it began attempting to sue individual file-sharers, the RIAA has issued lawsuits against 14,800 people.

The lawsuits come two weeks after the RIAA sent cease and desist demands to P2P companies on the back of a Supreme Court ruling that they can be sued for contributory copyright infringement if it can be show that they encourage such an activity.

Since then, popular P2P company WinMX has gone offline, and eDonkey president Sam Yagan this week told Congress he had "thrown in his towel". LimeWire has vowed to build technology into its software to prevent copyright infringement. ®

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