The recording industry has sued at least 531 additional computer users whom it said were illegally distributing songs over the internet in what has become a routine reminder that college students, teenagers, and others can face expensive lawsuits for swapping music online.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) filed the latest complaints Feb. 17 against "John Doe" defendants in lawsuits in Atlanta; Philadelphia; Orlando, Fla.; and Trenton, N.J. It said the defendants were customers of one of five internet providers based in those cities.

Philadelphia is...

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