RIAA files more lawsuits

WASHINGTON (AP) Feb 17 2004 – The recording industry sued 531 more computer users it said were illegally distributing songs over the Internet in what has become a routine reminder that college students, teenagers and others can face expensive lawsuits for swapping music online.

The Recording Industry Association of America filed the latest complaints against “John Doe” defendants in lawsuits in Atlanta; Philadelphia; Orlando, Florida; and Trenton, New Jersey. It said the defendants were customers of one of five Internet providers based in those cities.

Philadelphia is the headquarters for Comcast Cable Communications Inc., the largest U.S. cable company. Atlanta is headquarters for Earthlink Inc., another of the nation’s biggest Internet providers.

Music industry lawyers identified the defendants only by their numeric Internet protocol addresses and expected to work through the courts to learn their names and where they live.

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