Campus Music Theft Gets Congressional Spotlight
March 8, 2007 at 4:05 PM (PT)
Following the news that the RIAA is cracking down on university students who pirate music, lawmakers today focused their attention on the problem of campus music theft in a congressional hearing. Citing the need for more accountability on the part of university administrators in combating this problem, Rep. HOWARD BERMAN (D-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, called for the movie industry to release a list of the schools receiving the greatest number of copyright infringement notices -- just as the recording industry recently did. In addition, he asked both the music and movie industries to report to him in six months with updated lists of the top schools receiving these notices.
While organizations such as the Joint Committee of the Higher Education and Entertainment Communities have made progress and a number of individual institutions have taken proactive steps, RIAA President CARY SHERMAN reiterated in his testimony the need for all university administrations to do their part to address this continuing problem.
"We invite colleges and universities to work with us to help reduce the need for lawsuits like the ones we initiated last week," SHERMAN stated in testimony before the Subcommittee. "We invite them to reclaim the integrity, efficiency, and legal use of their networks. We invite them to safeguard the value of the intellectual property that defines them. And we invite them to step up as moral leaders, to ensure that their students understand that stealing online is still stealing, and to teach them how to be responsible citizens in the digital world."