Scores of individuals using computer networks at 21 universities were among the 532 people sued by the recording industry March 23 for illegally sharing digital music files over the internet.

The latest wave of copyright lawsuits brought by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) marks the first time the trade group has specifically targeted computer users swapping music files over university networks.

The RIAA filed the "John Doe" complaints against 89 individuals using networks at universities in 10 states. Lawsuits also were filed against 443 people using commercial...

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