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… The true names and capacities of Defendants are unknown to Plaintiffs at this time. Each Defendant is known to Plaintiffs only by the Internet Protocol (“IP”) address assigned to that Defendant by his or her ISP on the date and time of that Defendant’s infringing activity. See Exhibit A. Plaintiffs believe that information obtained in discovery will lead to the identification of each Defendant’s true name.
21. Although Plaintiffs do not know the true names of Defendants, each Defendant is alleged to have committed violations of the same law (e.g., copyright law), by committing the same acts (e.g., the downloading and distribution of copyrighted sound recordings owned by Plaintiffs), and by using the same means (e.g., a file-sharing network) that each Defendant accessed via the same ISP. …
Reviewing the 20 Internet Protocol addresses in “Exhibit A” (all between 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199) the Internet Service Provider apparently was the University of Iowa. The document claims this happened between October and December of 2007.
3/30 UPDATE: Additional information from Quad-City Times.