Duke University takes stand against RIAA

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has filed thousands of John Doe lawsuits against alleged file sharers across the United States – and one of their favorite targets has been…

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"we’re going tostart requiring evidence that someone actually downloaded from that student"
And so they should.

Anyone can accuse a random IP address of illegally downloading music/content.
It’s not difficult to find a universities IP range either & make assumptions that some students are downloading content.

Well, that is one of the reasons Duke officials want the RIAA to prove that someone actually downloaded a copyrighted music track from one of its students. I’m not sure if the RIAA will want to go through this effort, but if it backs down from Duke, then other universities will probably mimic Duke’s actions.

Every ISP should take the same stance - Prove it.

Every ISP should. In the USA, they say, “Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.” This crap about pay up $3-8k sounds like extortion to me! About time someone stands up to all this BS for a change.

The issue is not that the RIAA is being ridiculous, but that ISPs (whether it be a cable company, telecom company, university, government, …) should be responsible enough to keep records that could be used in an investigation instead of discarding them. Just think if something happened that hurt a lot of people and it was because the ISP did not keep records; wouldn’t you then blame the ISP instead of patting them on the back?