RIAA Massively Ramps Up Warning Notices To College Students Over File Sharing
While the RIAA has been sending threatening notices to colleges about student file sharing for a while now, it seems to have recently stepped up the attack. Various colleges are reporting a rather massive increase in these notices, despite no discernible change in file sharing activity. In some cases, they’re suddenly getting as many notices in a day as they used to get in a month. Some universities are also pointing out that they don’t see any corresponding activity in their log files that would indicate that industry insiders had actually checked to make sure these files were infringing.
One interesting theory is mentioned in the Wired article above. The RIAA has been using the number of such notices as some sort of indicator of how much piracy is occurring — and even lobbying for laws that would require any university that got over a certain number of notices to install special filtering/monitoring software. So, by showing an increase, the RIAA can try to show how “necessary” this is, even if the notices are totally bogus. As one person points out in the article, it does not seem at all reasonable to judge how much piracy is occurring (or what actions need to be taken) based on an arbitrary number that is totally under the control of the RIAA.
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