Downloading Music

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An industry source says the industry is filing hundreds of lawsuits against individual computer users it accuses of illegally downloading and sharing songs over the Internet.

The lawsuits, being filed in federal courts around the country, had been expected.

The industry has become more aggressive in cracking down on the trading of pirated music files online.

The source says more than 260 lawsuits are being filed by the Recording Industry Association of America on behalf of its members, which include Universal Music Group, BMG, EMI, Sony Music and Warner Music.