p2pnet news | RIAA News:- Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG’s RIAA targeted several Ivy League universities in its latest “initiative,” as their RIAA calls it as it continues to wreak havoc in universities up and down up and down America.
InformationWeek notes that among them are Columbia University, Duke University, Dartmouth College, University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Princeton, and Brown University.
But what it doesn’t note is the fact that missing, significantly, is Harvard.
Or as Ray Beckerman puts it on Recording Industry vs The People, this latest anti-college round, “targets 7 out of 8 Ivy League schools, but continues to give Harvard University a wide berth”
One could be forgiven for thinking Harvard is escaping victimisation because it’s co-operating by sending its students RIAA blackmail letters, as are so many other US universities.
But that’s not the case. In fact, to the contrary, “take a hike,” Charles Nesson, William F. Weld professor of law, Harvard Law School, and founder and faculty co-director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society; and John Palfrey, clinical professor of law and executive director, the Berkman Center, told the Big 4′s RIAA attack dogs.
This Spring, 1,200 pre-litigation letters arrived unannounced at universities across the country. The RIAA promises more will follow. These letters tell the university which students the RIAA plans on suing, identifying the students only by their IP addresses, the `license plates` of Internet connections. Because the RIAA does not know the names behind the IP addresses, the letters ask the universities to deliver the notices to the proper students, rather than relying upon the ordinary legal mechanisms.
Universities should have no part in this extraordinary process.
Meanwhile, the InformationWeek story has RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) mouthperson Jonathan Lamy declaring the attacks on American students are necessary, “given the continuing prevalence of music theft on college campuses.”
He goes on:
“This theft triggers a harmful domino effect throughout the music community – thousands of regular, working class musicians and others out of work, record stores shuttered, new bands never signed.”
In a p2pnet post, a corporate music industry worker bemoans the fact that, “some people still believe that we in the music industry are ‘fat cats’ and that it’s [a] multi-billion-dollar cartel”.
He continues, “A lot of my friends has lost their jobs in the last few years, last week another big company were shut down because they couldn’t afford to keep going. All employees in five countries were laid off.”
However, “I’m sorry that you are making below minimum wage in the industry you are working in now. Since you love music, maybe you need to find a job in another industry and spend your hobby time producing and distributing music,” says Cyberscan.
“I am willing to guarantee that you will have a more original product. In fact the product that you produce in your home will be yours, and you can use it to advertise yourself or a friend’s business. If people like your product, they will either buy it or come to see you perform. If you are not a performer, try hooking up with a garage band that produces great music. Produce good music, distribute it for free … and add a link to your website. If the product is good, you will make money. Working for a big corporation is akin to slavery.”
wreak havoc in universities – RIAA rage against US universities, November 17, 2007
InformationWeek – RIAA Piracy Fight Makes It To The Ivy League, November 20, 2007
Recording Industry vs The People – RIAA Targets 7 Out of 8 Ivy League Schools; Still Gives Harvard a Wide Berth November 23, 2007
RIAA attack dogs – RIAA student victimisation campaign, July 31, 2007
music industry worker – Tough going for Big Music workers, November 23, 2007
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