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October 19, 2006 11:51 AM

New RIAA lawsuits: 3 in Washington in legal trouble

Posted by Kim Peterson

If you think that the recording industry has stopped its hunt for piracy violations, you'd better stop downloading that copy of "SexyBack" immediately.

Today the Recording Industry Association of America announced a new round of lawsuits, including three against Washington residents. According to the association, the people named in the lawsuits illegally distributed copyrighted music through peer-to-peer services. The association got everyone's names by sending subpoenaes to Internet service providers.

Some of these people may not have even known they were distributing the music. The way some peer-to-peer programs work, users automatically share the music on their computers unless they specifically turn that sharing feature off.

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