RIAA Files 235 More Lawsuits

While the effectiveness of lawsuits against American consumers has been long and thoroughly debated without definitive end, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has announced a continued campaign regardless.

Note: This is an article I wrote that was published elsewhere first. It has been republished here for archival purposes

It has been reported today that the RIAA has filed 235 more lawsuits against alleged copyright infringers.

While no names have been released, the only details in the legal complaints is that 10 of them were filed against residents in North Carolina.

The news comes just shortly after reports that the MPAA has shut down an NZB website.

It has been reported that over 18,000 lawsuits have been filed with only a fraction of them resulting in settlements. Many lawsuits have also been dropped with only one known case of someone defending the suit. Many chose to settle as they are financially unable to pay the legal fees of a court battle against the RIAA. However, this also means that no legal precident is being set as well.

Even though it has been reported that over 4,300 individuals were forced to settle, filesharing has exploded in population since the lawsuit campaign began. This has sparked arguments that the campaign is not only failing to stem the flow of filesharing, but has also encouraged it through free advertising.

No further details of the latest wave of legal action have been released.

Drew Wilson on Twitter: @icecube85 and Google+.

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