RIAA: We Mean Business!
U’s Office of Information Technology received an e-mail from The Recording Industry Association of America on May 16 in which it was asked to send notifications of the copyright infringement claims to 12 alleged offenders, The Daily Utah Chronicle informs. The recording industry cop has a very attracting proposition – $3,000 settlement without a lawsuit. In case the alleged illegal downloaders refuse and the case gets to court they risk paying $75,000 compensation fee …per shared file!
As this wasn’t the first time it received such notifications U’s Office of General Counsel made its point quite clearly – they will not reveal any information about any campus member in the absence of a legally binding subpoena or court order.
However, Kevin Taylor, director of planning and policy for the U’s Office of Information Technology expects that RIAA will take the next step and,“reinforced” with a valid subpoena requesting contact information about the alleged infringers, the group will resume its pursuit.
Although the Office of Information Technology has got used to receiving copyright infringement notices no effort to subpoena the university followed them until now.
Taylor suggested that RIAA is trying this way to impose its somewhat questionable authority: “It’s been happening around the country…I think they’re adjusting their approach to get more attention, it’s what this is all about.”