The embattled music industry on June 25 disclosed plans for an unprecedented escalation in its fight against internet piracy, threatening to sue hundreds of computer users who illegally share music files online. The announcement gives schools and colleges yet another reason to warn students (and others) not to share copyright-protected materials over their networks.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), citing substantial sales declines, said it would begin on June 26 to search internet file-sharing networks to identify users who offer "substantial" collections of MP3 music files for downloading. It expects to file at...

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