New Wave Of RIAA 'Pre-Lawsuit' Letters Targets 13 Schools
May 2, 2007 at 2:03 PM (PT)
The RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (RIAA) today sent a fourth wave of 402 pre-litigation settlement letters to 13 universities, giving students the opportunity to resolve copyright infringement claims against them at a discounted rate before a formal lawsuit is filed. The latest wave targets BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY, DUKE UNIVERSITY, IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY, TUFTS UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA, UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, and UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS - AUSTIN.
For one reason or another, theft on college campuses continues at disproportionately high levels.
"With record companies embracing digital distribution models of every kind, there is more legal music available now than ever before," said RIAA Exec. VP/General Counsel STEVEN MARKS. "For students, many of these high-quality music options are available at deeply discounted rates -- or even free. Yet, for one reason or another, theft on college campuses continues at disproportionately high levels. We will continue to educate fans of all ages, but deterrence is equally important. Students must understand that there are consequences for their illegal actions."
Meanwhile, the RIAA today applauded bipartisan efforts by members CONGRESS to curb the theft of music on campus networks and increase university accountability on this problem.
Representatives HOWARD BERMAN (D-CA), HOWARD COBLE (R-NC), BUCK MCKEON (R-NC), GEORGE MILLER (D-CA), and LAMAR SMITH (R-TX) co-authored a letter sent today to officials from schools receiving high levels of copyright infringement notices from the RIAA and the MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (MPAA). The letter was accompanied by a "Survey of University Network and Data Integrity Practices," which administrators have been asked to complete by MAY 31.