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More suits launched by recording industry

WASHINGTON, June 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. recording industry has filed another round of lawsuits against individual down loaders only days after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, reports Variety.

More than 780 federal suits were filed by the Recording Industry Assn. of America. The association said the lawsuit target people who are "illegally distributing copyrighted music on the Internet via unauthorized peer-to-peer services such as Kazaa, LimeWire and Grokster."

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The Supreme Court ruled Monday that peer-to-peer services Grokster and StreamCast could be sued if they "actively induce" their users to illegally swap copyrighted material. Lower courts had blocked the entertainment industry's attempt to sue.

After the ruling, industry officials said the Grokster-StreamCast suit is just one piece of a multi-pronged attack on online piracy, Variety said. The RIAA has been suing individual down loaders since 1999.

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