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Two major events took place in the U.S. over the past weeks related to the ongoing battle between the RIAA and the college population of music consumers. On one hand, the music industry was emboldened by the passage of the first campus anti-piracy bill, signed into law by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen.

From Zeropaid, “Senate Bill 3974 requires that Tennessee public and private colleges
and universities exercise appropriate means to ensure that computers connected to their campus network are not being abused for the purpose of illegally downloading and distributing copyrighted material through P2P and file-sharing programs.” RIAA Chairman Mitch Bainwol applauded this development.

On the other hand, Duke University’s Head of Student Affairs told the RIAA to back off, rejecting their pre-litigation notice procedure. From Digital Music News, “Duke University now wants proof of infringement before forwarding an RIAA notice, according to the Office of Student Affairs. That replaces an earlier practice of simply passing pre-litigation notices through to students, without deeper examination……The move presents a speedbump for the major label trade group, though symbolically, it signals another episode of resistance by a major university. It could also signal the beginning of greater levels of pushback, based on technical definitions of what actually constitutes infringement. ”

The need by the music industry to try to put “the genie back in the bottle” continues, Sisyphus woud be proud!


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