College advises students to push back against the RIAA

In February, the RIAA offered university students the option of an early settlement with the organization, which included lowered payouts and the benefit of avoiding going to court. While some universities were quick to comply with the RIAA's request to forward the notices onto students, others were not, insisting that they were not capable of identifying the individuals within the university system based on the information given to them. North Carolina State University was one university that forwarded the notices onto students but only one NCSU student out of 23 came forward to take advantage of the initial settlement offered by the RIAA, according to a report in the NCSU student paper, Technician Online.

The university's Student Legal Services department has been advising students to continue pushing back, all the way to federal court. NCSU can either fight the subpoenas or turn the names over to the RIAA. Once the RIAA gets the names out of NCSU, however, the students will no longer be able to hide behind the university and will be on their own when it comes to fighting the cases. Since the majority of those targeted by the RIAA's pre-litigation notices have chosen not to take advantage of the RIAA's early settlement offer, the RIAA appears to be more than ready to move ahead with the lawsuits.

News source: Ars Technica

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If you ask me, the RIAA is almost comparable to the HUAC back in the 50's, just not as extreme but still kinda compulsive.

This is only crippling to students who wish to become educated and start a career. Any students who are paying for their school will be in trouble, and those with criminal records will have troubled careers. What a great way for the RIAA to contribute to society.

Oh good, teach students that stealing is not a crime, that's a great way to start their education. Crime has no consequences, steal away!

:rolleyes:

Really, because I didn't not see that in the article. Where does it say they said stealing is not a crime and all that? Oh, you're just trying to start a flame war, nevermind. They are saying students shouldn't just hand their money over to the RIAA without going to court.

A classic case of "if you say something [that is incorrect] often enough, people treat it as fact".
Copyright infringement is not stealing. Why do you continue to spout what RIAA wants you to believe?

what really gets to me is the fact they just settling without even asking, wait min where the proof i download 200 song.. don't they know they have Fifth Amendment right? oh well.

The "Fifth Amendment" is more a criminal matter. In civil court, it's just like saying "yep I'm guilty". Remember the "Burden of Proof" is so much lower in civil court than in criminal court. Anyone remember poor little O.J Simpson

What is the purpose of RIAA? I don't see any advantage to anyone with it. They should just give up and get a new job.

mightyflight said,
Great Movie, only difference is these suckers latch onto your wallet and not your face. Oh and the RIAA is not as scary.

id rather an alien on my face

Hmm.. they're paying for their tuition.. which the university wants, and now they're getting lawsuits put against them, of course the university is gonna fight the RIAA to secure their money :P