p2pnet news | RIAA News:- Judge F. Bradford has ordered Virginia’s William and Mary college to hand over the names of 20 students accused of downloading music to Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony BMG’s RIAA.
“The music industry is at it again, hunting down small fish in the gigantic sea of music downloaders to make examples of them,” says Central Florida Future.com.
“In the past it was harmless 12-year-olds downloading their favorite Britney Spears song,” it says, going on >>>
Last week, a federal judge in Norfolk, Va., overturned a previous ruling that allowed the College of William and Mary to ignore subpoenas that requested personal information about students believed to be illegally downloading music. The college had attempted to protect the students, but now must release the names of at least 20 students who the RIAA plans to subsequently sue.
This has become a, “rampant problem occurring at universities nationwide,” says the story, adding:
“College students, especially those who live on campus, are being unfairly targeted because they are easy marks. Universities usually keep tabs on students’ Internet activity and when the RIAA comes knocking, this information is handed over to be used against the student in a lawsuit, whether the school wants to or not.
“It also doesn’t hurt that students are usually inexperienced with legal proceedings and have most likely never been sued before; therefore, when they receive a pre-litigation settlement letter in the mail, many times they just pay the settlement without getting any further consultation.”
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Central Florida Future.com – RIAA is unfairly targeting students, June 23, 2008
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