The suits were part of a new round of legal action by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which has filed 341 lawsuits since it launched a crackdown against individuals in September. The association filed 41 new lawsuits this week and sent 90 lawsuit-notification letters to those targeted for legal action.
The RIAA said the Washington residents being sued were allegedly sharing thousands of songs online illegally, including such tunes as “You May Be Right” by Billy Joel, “Hey Ladies” by Destiny’s Child and “Human Nature” by Michael Jackson.
The court documents include little information about the defendants except their names.
One of those from Washington state named in a suit was Lonette Dominguez. A Kent woman by that name said she received an e-mail last spring from Comcast, her Internet-service provider, saying that it was going to release some of her information to the RIAA because she had downloaded music.