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RIAA Files Another 750 John Doe Lawsuits

by Glen Shapiro, LawAndTax-News.com, New York

01 November 2004


The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced last week that it has filed another 750 'John Doe' lawsuits against suspected copyright infringers, in addition to 213 lawsuits filed against named defendants who had refused to settle with the Association.

According to reports, the lawsuits, filed against users of file-sharing services such as Grokster, Kazaa and LimeWire, include 25 university students on 13 campuses accross the country.

This new round of lawsuits brings the total filed by the recording industry body to more than 6,200 since September 2003.

This announcement follows a Supreme Court decision, delivered last month, to refuse the RIAA's request to streamline the process of obtaining information about users of peer-to-peer file sharing services from their internet service providers.

Although the Association was successful in the first round of its dispute with Verizon Communications, which was ordered to provide subscriber information, the US Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the lower court's ruling, arguing that subpoenas cannot be issued against an ISP that does not store the copyright-infringing materials in question on its servers.


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