This is a correction to the story we published. We have been advised by the Office of Student Legal Services that they do not handle federal court cases, and that for the litigation in the "John Doe" case and involving the subpoenas, the students would need to use outside counsel. Accordingly, I would refer NC State students to my earlier post, Suggestions to College Students. Following is the story we had found in NC State's student online newspaper, "Technician Online", which we now believe is partially inaccurate:
RIAA files 23 lawsuits against NCSU
Pre-litigation settlements were followed by lawsuits this week for the University's illegal downloaders
Issue date: 4/13/07
After the Recording Industry Association of America sent pre-litigation settlements to N.C. State illegal downloaders last month, the company stepped up its game this week.
The RIAA filed 23 music theft lawsuits against anonymous NCSU network users after they refused to take the settlement.
The lawsuits are in the form of "John Doe lawsuits," meaning that the RIAA does not know the names of the people it has filed against.
The users have been identified by their IP addresses, according to an RIAA spokesperson who declined to give her name or be directly quoted.
The same spokesperson said the company will have to wait on a judge to grant the RIAA permission to begin the name-discovery process.
But Pam Gerace, the director of Student Legal Services at the University, is fighting the lawsuits for her student clients. She advises that the students should remain anonymous.
"The RIAA actually said they might have use for the names in the future," Gerace said,
She added that this could prove dangerous for the students, as the RIAA could pursue other legal actions or give the names to record companies.
Accordingly, I would refer NC State students to my earlier post, Suggestions to College Students.
Following is the story we had found in NC State's student online newspaper, "Technician Online", which we now believe is partially inaccurate:
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