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News   News : Recording industry sues students for creating Napster-like network
   posted by DaveyD on 4-Apr-2003 8:29:16 (1497 reads)
The recording industry today filed copyright infringement lawsuits against four college students, accusing them of setting up Napster-like file-swapping services on their campus networks.

The civil suits charge that students illicitly offered tens of thousands -- and in one case, a million songs -- without permission from the labels or artists, then, publicly bragged about their theft.


"This is a particularly flagrant way to illegally distribute millions of copyrighted works over the Internet,'' said Cary Sherman, president of the Recording Industry Association of America, the industry's leading trade group."The people who run these Napster networks know full well what they are doing -- operating a sophisticated network designed to enable widespread thievery.''

The labels sued students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Princeton University and Michigan Technological University. It asked courts to halt the illegal music downloading and to assess the maximum penalty of $150,000 per infringed work.

Source: siliconvalley.com
    

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Re: Recording industry sues students for creating Napster-li
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If ya do that don't make it piblic


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Yeah great riaa sues some poor ass students, because they and britney are so goddamn out of money.


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us students are in enough debt as it is.


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The biggest problem with the spokesperson for the RIAA's statement is that there was absolutely NO theft going on. Copyright infringement, perhaps, but not theft (or thievery). Theft has a strict definition as does copyright infringement. The xxAA continues to hammer home the idea that they are equal. In neither moral nor legal terms are they so. Theft requires a party to deprive another party of the use of something. For instance, if I steal your TV, you no longer have the use of the TV. If I download the latest song from whatever crappy band is hot right now, there is no loss of use of that song by anyone much less the RIAA/Label/Band. Of course, the media continues to let the xxAA get away with muddying the water by using theft as a synonym for copyright infringement.

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Going after they easy targets aren´t they?
Why don´t they stop Kazaa if they have such great lawyers?
Just wait and see, there will be a law banning freenet just as in the dictatorial states like China.

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@samdu

Good clear explination. Thanks :)


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