The RIAA continued its practice of "John Doe" lawsuits and filed 477 new ones today. The lawsuits were directed at ISP subscribers in 11 states and dozens of college students. The RIAA hopes that courts will reveal who has the IP numbers it seeks.
At one of the universities the RIAA targeted, Mansfield University in Pennsylvania, college officials had warned students beforehand that the RIAA was looking into copyright infringement on its networks. Obviously, this did not stop file-sharing.
RIAA President Cary Sherman says: "There is also a complementary need for enforcement by copyright owners against the serious offenders to remind people that this activity is illegal." 2,454 have now been sued since last summer and 437 settled. Source