UC-Berkeley Students Face Tougher Piracy Rules

As part of its war on pirated music and videos, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is opening up a new front at the resident halls of the University of California-Berkeley's campus. Starting this fall semester, students using campus computer networks to illegally download copyrighted audio and visual materials will automatically lose their in-room Internet connection for a minimum of one week, the university has announced. "It's our job to make sure students who live in the residence halls fully understand the consequences of illegal file-sharing," said Dedra Chamberlin, manager of residential computing services at the university. "We don't want students to end up facing a lawsuit or $3,000 fine saying, 'Why didn't anyone warn me about this?'."

The music industry group has already sent more than 2,000 letters to students across the country this year, including to 16 at UC-Berkeley, alerting the individuals that they have downloaded audio files illegally. The letters provide the students with a choice: pay an early settlement fee of $3,000 to $6,000 or face possible litigation. The pre-litigation letters are part of a broad education and deterrence campaign that the association launched early this year, according to a statement released by the association: "The new process gives students the opportunity to resolve copyright infringement claims against them at a discounted rate before a formal lawsuit is filed."

View: Full Story on SiliconValley.com

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Diebold Unable to Sell e-Voting Unit

Next Story

Philips Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Compact Disc

11 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

How can they tell what you are downloading? They can only see which port is in use or can they see more?

Anyways, doesn't utorrent use somekind of encrypted stuff to hide your downloads?

A school wants to prevent students from using their networks for illegal activity? You're right, that's DISGUSTING. Students should be able to commit any crimes they want!

Get over your warped sense of entitlement. No school is going to willfully allow students to download illegally.

As much as I hate the RIAA, it's UC's network. Can't they tell you what you can or cannot do on their network?
1st amendment rights aside, you have (at least from what I've read) no "right" to privacy when on a private
network. Maybe some lawyer can answer this one.

Uh, they're lagging behind. Here at Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, it's part of the ToS for ResNet (our campus internet gateway) that your internet privelages can be revoked if you're found to be doing illegal things, which would obviously include downloading copyright material. Dunno why this is news.

-Spenser

True, they should be stopped. But they are doing the right thing here.
They are not suing anyone here, the uni is just taking steps to avoid that.
In my uni, they forbid access to p2p or torrent and it works.
I certainly dont like it, but it works...and truth is, how many people out there actually use p2p or torrent for legal stuff?
I know some do, but the point i that most don't.

I guess from some of the IT people who are learning MCSE with me , UNI (in Iowa) has capped their internet speed to something like 10k, not sure what that is, but supposedly the internet is worse than dial up speed. The theory being you can check your email, but the net will be so slow, you can't download anything. I smell a lawsuit coming from that.

"fully understand the consequences of illegal file-sharing"

I'm sure there are much worse things to be worrying about.