Like 1,063 similar suits filed since January, the Recording Industry Association of America employed the "John Doe" litigation method because the names of the infringers accused of illegally distributing copyrighted sound recordings on peer-to-peer services were not yet known.
The RIAA, which cites digital piracy as a big factor behind a three-year slump in CD sales, said individuals at 21 universities were cited for downloading. Recent student polls exposed that the students complaints were "most of these songs are remakes and covers that our parents sing along too, "why should we have to pay for the same music mom has on those smelly, old, scratched up, incompatible disc's that don't even fit into our CD players?" "They should give this music away, IT SUCKS! the students replied."