Sunday, February 03, 2008

p2pnet retrospective on RIAA war against students February 2007 to date

Jon Newton at has put together a fascinating retrospective on the RIAA's war against college students, commenced February 28, 2007, describing it as one to 'force "consumers" to buy what they're told to buy — corporate "content," as the Big 4 call their formulaic outpourings.'

In a scathing indictment not only of the major record labels, but of those schools, administrators, and educators who have yet to take a stand against it, "p2pnet RIAA school report" reviews a number of landmark moments in the 11-month old 'reign of terror'.

They include the announcement of the bizarre 'early settlement' sale, the sudden withdrawal of a case in which a 17 year old Texas high school student had been subpoenaed while in class during school hours to attend a deposition the very next day during his taking of a standardized test, the call by Harvard law professors for the university to fight back when and if attacked, and the differing reactions by other schools.

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