US Indie metal label Century Media is chasing roughly 7,500 file-traders in court proceedings, according to reports.
The targets are those swapping recent albums from Century artists Iced Earth and Lacuna Coil.
In mass, 'John Doe' lawsuits filed in New Jersey with only IP address identifiers (for now), 4,327 people were targeted for sharing Iced Earth's album Dystopia, while 3,136 users were targeted for trading Lacuna Coil's Dark Adrenaline.
NorthJersey.com, label representative Jay McDaniel said: "What many people don't understand is that it's the distribution that's the evil influence. It does the real damage and harm, not just to the client but to the culture industry, and to creative endeavours in general."
"This kills the little producer and it has an extremely destructive effect on the entertainment industry. Record sales don't drive the music business any more – touring does. So illegal sharing of music on the internet has killed an entire industry."
Source: Digital Music News