The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee has joined its sister school, University of Wisconsin in Madison, and also the University of Maine, in refusing to send along the RIAA's collection letters. Here is a copy of the letter the University's students received from the school:
Encl: Illegal File Sharing at UWM
SUBJECT: Illegal File Sharing at UWM
This announcement is being sent to all known UWM faculty, staff and
student e-mail addresses.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has recently
increased its threat of lawsuits against students and others who engage
in illegal digital file sharing. This is in response to perceived
violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, which
specifically addresses copyright infringement of digital materials such
as music, movies and software.
As you may know from recent press reports, the RIAA is now targeting
individuals who live in university residence halls or use university
computing resources. Because the RIAA can only identify violators by
their ISP (Internet Service Provider) identifier, they are sending
letters to universities requesting that these letters be forwarded to
students, faculty and staff.
The RIAA notified UWM of its plans to send settlement proposal letters
for individuals on the UWM campus whom they believe are guilty of
violating federal copyright laws. These letters request that a monetary
settlement be made by the violator in lieu of court action by the RIAA.
After consultation with UW System, our own legal counsel and with our
understanding of federal law, UWM has decided that these letters will
not be passed on to individuals. However, should RIAA send UWM a lawful
subpoena for users’ account information, UWM will comply.
It is important to be aware of copyright law and avoid illegal P2P
(peer-to-peer) file sharing.
For more information, visit the UWM Information Security Web Site at
If you have questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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