University ignores RIAA blackmail
p2pnet.net news:- At least one American university has the courage to stand up for its students, refusing to cave in to blackmail threats being spammed to schools across the US by the Big 4 music cartel's RIAA.
The University of Wisconsin says it won't be a Big 4 copyright cop, or act as their runner in extorting 'settlement' money from students.
RIAA is short for Recording Industry Association of America, but only one of the Big 4, Warner Music, can be said to be American, and even it's run by a Canadian. The other three are EMI (Britain), Vivendi Universal (France) and Sony BMG (Japan and Germany).
They RIAA is trying to terrorize students into become compliant consumers of Big 4 music 'product'.
"The University of Wisconsin went against the national trends Friday by warning students about its policy regarding illegal file sharing but refusing to forward settlement letters to violators from the Recording Industry Association of America," says Nick Penzenstadler in the University of Wisconsin's online Badger Herald.
"These settlement letters are an attempt to short circuit the legal process to rely on universities to be their legal agent," the story quotes Brian Rust, communications manager for the UW Division of Information Technology, as saying.
Comment: I am so grateful to the University of Wisconsin for standing up to the RIAA's reign of terror, and call upon all universities who are asked to be henchmen for the RIAA to take a similar stand.
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