RIAA Threatens 19 Universities With Litigation

Oct 18th, 2007 | By | Category: Digital Music

RIAA LogoThe Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today sent another new wave of 411 threatening letters to 19 universities nationwide.

The RIAA sent letters to these schools schools:

  • Drexel University (17 letters)
  • Indiana University (23)
  • Northern Illinois University (25)
  • Occidental College (19)
  • State University of New York at Morrisville (18)
  • Texas Christian University (20)
  • Tufts University (15)
  • University of Alabama (14)
  • University of California
  • Berkeley (19)
  • University of Delaware (18)
  • University of Georgia (13)
  • University of Iowa (18)
  • University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (20)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln (13)
  • University of New Hampshire (30)
  • University of New Mexico (17)
  • University of South Florida (43)
  • University of Southern California (37)
  • Vanderbilt University (32).

Each letter informs the school of a forthcoming copyright infringement suit against one of its students or personnel. The letter requests that university administrators forward the letter to the appropriate network user to allow the individuals the opportunity to promptly resolve the matter and avoid a lawsuit.

Universities could help avoid these legal battles by educating students about the widespread availability of legal sources of free music, including free music podcasts and Creative Commons licensed music.

No Responses to “RIAA Threatens 19 Universities With Litigation”

  1. Tim.Towner says:

    I have mixed feelings about this.

  2. Dennis says:

    As usual, the RIAA is using it’s “Sue ’em all” tactic. Possibly, there are some violations in that list but it sure seems like they’re doing what they’ve always done, threaten, threaten and threaten. Then, when someone calls their bluff, they fold like a house of cards. You’d think, after the defeats they’ve had, they’d learn, but that’s the RIAA for ya.

  3. Drew says:

    The industry should give people a disincentive to downloading for free. Legit music downloads are just too expensive and they should realize that freebies are what they are competing with. If songs were 10 cents a piece I bet they’d compete and everyone would be happy.

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