The recording industry is expanding its fight against illegal swapping of internet content by suing four college students for allegedly offering more than 1 million copies of popular music online.

In lawsuits filed April 3 in federal courts in New York, New Jersey, and Michigan, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIIA) asked that the sites be shut down and that it be paid maximum damages of $150,000 per song.

The RIAA said the file-sharing systems were being run by students at Princeton University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and...

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