RIAA & MPAA Alert Universities To LAN Piracy Problems
April 27, 2006 at 11:26 AM (PT)
The RIAA and the MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (MPAA) today announced a systematic program to identify and curtail campus Local Area Network ("LANZ") piracy at universities across the country. As part of this new program, the RIAA and MPAA today sent letters to 40 university presidents in 25 states alerting them of LAN piracy problems on their campuses and encouraging immediate action to stop and prevent theft by such means.
"We are appreciative of our partners in the university community and all they have done in recent years to tackle the problem of digital piracy at campuses across the country," said RIAA Pres. CARY SHERMAN. "Despite the progress achieved by our collaborative efforts, this remains an ever-evolving problem. We cannot ignore the growing misuse of campus LAN systems or the toll this means of theft is taking on our industry. As we prioritize our focus on campus LAN piracy in the coming year, we hope administrators will take this opportunity to fully evaluate their systems and take action to stop theft by all means."
In letters sent today, the RIAA and MPAA notified 40 university presidents of information indicating campus LAN piracy problems on their campuses. The universities receiving these letters are located in the following 25 states: CALIFORNIA, CONNECTICUT, GEORGIA, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, LOUISIANA, MASSACHUSETTS, MARYLAND, MAINE, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, OREGON, PENNSYLVANIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, SOUTH DAKOTA, TENNESSEE, TEXAS, UTAH, VERMONT, WASHINGTON, and WASHINGTON, DC.
The letters encourage administrators to review the use of their computer networks and, if appropriate, take steps to stop and prevent such theft. According to the two organizations, blocking and filtering devices are currently available to help administrators restrict inappropriate use of a campus network.