It has been reported by the University Daily Kansan that the University of Kansas has refused to forward the RIAA's "early settlement" letters. (Thank you to the Chronicle of Higher Education for reporting on it, and to Slashdot for reporting on the Chronicle of Higher Education's coverage):
University won't release names to recording industry
Spokesman says KU will not be third party in legal cases
The University is refusing to forward pre-litigation letters from the recording industry to it’s students on the grounds that doing so could be an invasion of student privacy.
Earlier this month, the Recording Industry Association of America sent 408 pre-litigation settlement letters to 23 universities. The University of Kansas will notify individual students by mail if it received a complaint connected to a student’s IP address. The University will not, however, forward students the RIAA pre-litigation letter, which gives them the opportunity to settle out of court.
Jenny Mehmedovic, coordinator for information and technology policy and planning, said under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the University has no obligation to forward the letters to students. It also will not release any identifying information without a court order or subpoena.
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