Digital Freedom Campaign Gives Students A Voice In RIAA Suits
March 30, 2007 at 10:27 AM (PT)
In response to the RIAA's campaign of copyright infringement lawsuits against college students, the DIGITAL FREEDOM CAMPAIGN (DFC) has launched the Digital Freedom University Initiative (DFU). The DFC is made up of the CEA, PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE, ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION (EFF), MEDIA ACCESS PROJECT, COMPUTER AND COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION (CCIA), BE THE MEDIA, NEW AMERICA FOUNDATION, NATIONAL VIDEO RESOURCES and FREENETWORKS.ORG, as well as more than 150 artists and labels.
"Through the creation of student-chapters at colleges and universities across the country, DFU will give students a voice in the national debate surrounding digital rights and freedoms in the 21st Century," DFC said in a statement. "DFU will educate students about their fair-use rights, encourage them to obtain content legally, and help them oppose efforts to restrict or violate their digital freedoms.
The RIAA has the right to bring these lawsuits, but in the long run suing your customers will not be a productive or successful business strategy.
"The DIGITAL FREEDOM CAMPAIGN respects the rights of copyright owners and opposes piracy, but also believes that consumers, innovators, and artists have important rights that must be defended.
"The RIAA has the right to bring these lawsuits, but in the long run suing your customers will not be a productive or successful business strategy. Instead, we urge the record labels to put their resources into developing digital delivery platforms.
"The Digital Freedom University Initiative will fight to ensure that these thousands of college-age students, who represent future artists, innovators and consumers, fully understand their rights, and have a voice in the long-term solution."
For information about the Digital Freedom campaign, visit www.digitalfreedom.org.