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Music Swapping Students May Not Remain Anonymous

In October 2002, I posted on the RIAA communicating their strong recommendation to college and university presidents that they put the brakes on the escalating rate of music downloading by students. Last week’s decision in RIAA v. Verizon has given the industry impetus to follow-through on identifying those who engage in extensive downloading of copyrighted music, and many students qualify as members of this targeted group. In an article from today’s Chronicle of Higher Education, RIAA President Cary Sherman states, “We have no current plans to do that, but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t in the future.” Sherman goes on to say that academic institutions qualify as ISPs under the DMCA, and could be subpoenaed for the names of infringers.

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