Thursday, March 08, 2007

50 Ohio University Students Targeted: Ohio-based Lawyers Needed

As you may know, the RIAA has ramped up to sue 50 students
at Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio. The university is located
in southeast Ohio, and the Center for Student
Legal Services, which is affiliated with, but not a part of,
the university, has made an urgent appeal for lawyers located in
Ohio who can advise, and possibly represent, students.

If you, or someone you know, can help, please contact:

Melissa Luna
Staff Attorney
csls_luna@frognet.net
Center for Student Legal Services
50 South Court Street, Suite D
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740-594-8093
Fax: 740-592-1495
www.studentlegalrights.org

Commentary & discussion:

The Post Online (Athens, Ohio)
Athens News
Athens News
New York Times
Tech Spot
Chronicle of Higher Education "Wired Campus"

Keywords: digital copyright online download upload peer to peer p2p file sharing filesharing music movies indie label freeculture creative commons pop/rock artists riaa independent mp3 cd favorite songs

7 comments:

StephenH said...

I would send a letter to Ohio University to block all traffic to RIAA, MediaSentry, and their attorneys from inside their dorms.m

Ray Beckerman said...

dave
you could repost your comment dividing the link up into several
lines
thanks

dave said...

This is more like the response you would expect from a university whose primary duty of care is to its student population.

http://www.athensnews.com/issue/
article.php3?story_id=27567

dave said...

Ray

Have reposted as requested and trashed the earlier post although when I tried the link with copy/paste of the whole line it did work.

Dave

Ray Beckerman said...

thanks, dave

Nick K.D Chaleunphone said...

Have you ever thought about counter suing the RIAA, Mediasentery on the grounds that they violated ones personal privacy and the fact that, they illegally searched somones computer files without a search warrant signed by a judge. See what the RIAA is doing amounts to illegal search and seizure without a proper search warrant and we all know that cops in this country need a search warrant, to search someone's property, but the RIAA, seems to think that they are above the law.

Dale said...

That's a good point Nick. A case like that would set legal precedent. I also think it would have legal merit as well. It is definately wrong to steal but there are a lot of artists out there that just want to be heard. Placing greed aside, I believe that the methods being used to 'capture' suspected illegal downloaders is intrusive. You can't have an organization having more investigating powers than our State and Local governments. Perhaps if CDs weren't $16 and music downloads from iTunes weren't $1 per song poor college students wouldn't have to cut angles.