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RIAA after Colleges now

Well at least they are going after people who are doing file sharing that are older than 13 now.

As part of the entertainment industry’s efforts to address the ongoing theft of music and movies online by college students, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) today announced a systematic program to identify and curtail campus Local Area Network (“LAN”) 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.
Yes, we must all spend money to add software to networks, just because the RIAA says so.

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.”
Achtung! Ve must protect our product. Ve Vill begin torture of anyone who shares files Vith Von another!


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.
Ve vill no longer tolerate this. These states must now stop this activitiy or ve vill be forced to invade your states!

Lawsuits and filtering clearly aren't enough to stop college students from swapping music files. As if coercive university Napster taxes aren't bad enough, it is likely that RIAA tactics will continue to become more invasive as they search for new ways to force fans to pay up. It's not out of the quesiton that RIAA may try to get Congress to mandate use of filtering technologies at universities. Given the current climate in Washington, it's not far-fetched to imagine our elected representatives threatening to cut federal funding for universities that refuse to install filters.
Ve vill cut your . . . vunding off. Ve have vays of making you cooperate.

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