University Won't Help RIAA With Settlement Offers
March 20, 2007 at 2:39 PM (PT)
The RIAA recently sent "pre-litigation" letters to universities nationwide, asking them to forward the settlement-offer letters to students it believes have downloaded music illegally on the university's networks (NET NEWS 2/28). But one school -- the UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON -- isn't about to help out the recording industry, the MADISON CAPITAL TIMES reports.
KEN FRAZIER, UW-MADISON's interim chief information officer in the Division of Information Technology, said the RIAA's request is "way over the line" and that there is a "solid consensus" among university officials that the school would not forward the letters. "I'm proud that my university is not associating itself with this letter," FRAZIER said. "It's a menacing letter. It's written as an offer you would be unwise to refuse."
It's a menacing letter. It's written as an offer you would be unwise to refuse.
BRIAN RUST, communications manager for the division of information technology at the UW, said that because of the school's position, the RIAA has indicated it will go ahead and draw up subpoenas in the next week.
"Consistent with current network management procedures and our understanding of federal law, UW-MADISON does not plan to forward these letters directly to campus network users," FRAZIER said in an email to UW computer users. "We will, of course, comply with a valid subpoena."