A fresh wave of lawsuits and criminal proceedings against file-sharers across Europe was launched today, turning more people into criminals. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has claimed that some 2,000 cases were launched in 10 countries, as part of their drive to stop online piracy and encourage the use of legal music services such as iTunes. Among the countries targeted was Italy, where authorities have seized more than 70 computers looking for evidence.

"A large number of cases involve men aged between 20 and 35 and parents who have not heeded successive education and warning campaigns."