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RIAA Sues 531 More "John Does"

Law360 (February 18, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- The Recording Industry Association of America on Tuesday sued 531 more people for online copyright infringement in U.S. district courts in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Orlando and Trenton, employing its new “John Doe” legal strategy.

The trade group, which represents the top recording companies, filed four similar suits against 532 illegal file-shares in January.

The RIAA is using the "John Doe" method, identifying song swappers by numerical Internet addresses instead of names. The trade group plans to discover swappers' names and locations through court-issued subpoenas.

The industry was...
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