An excellent article in the Knoxville News Sentinel describes the RIAA's stepped up campaign against Tennesseans, including lawsuits against individuals, and a flurry of letters at the University of Tennessee.
Among other things, the article points out:
-the University's concerns about the genuineness of the RIAA's claims, and
-a lawsuit against a man who's accused of using Kazaa who never heard of Kazaa.
UT students face deadline; music industry files suit against Tennesseans
By ANDREW EDER, firstname.lastname@example.org
March 14, 2007
As the clock ticks down on a settlement offer to 28 University of Tennessee students, the recording industry has fired another salvo against alleged online music pirates.
Various record labels filed 63 lawsuits nationwide on March 6, including seven in Tennessee, charging users of commercial Internet service providers with downloading and distributing copyrighted music using online file-sharing programs.
The Tennessee lawsuits included one against a Sevierville woman, who could not be reached for comment Tuesday. In all, two were filed in the U.S. District Court in Nashville, two in Memphis, one in Knoxville, one in Winchester and one in Columbia.
The move came following a Feb. 28 announcement by the Recording Industry Association of America, a trade group for the major record labels, that it was targeting university students across the country for potential lawsuits unless they paid a settlement fee, believed to be thousands of dollars. The deadline for students to accept the settlement is Monday.
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