Universities in the United States are cautioning students against the legal dangers of file sharing after the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) began tossing around lawsuits.
Many freshman have to endure student orientations that offer guidelines and rules about university life and underage drinking... but they must now also sit through discussions regarding file sharing and some of the legal ramifications from sharing copyrighted files.
I've covered file sharing since Shawn Fanning created Napster in 1998; an event that helped modernize file sharing among Internet users, which made it possible for everyone to become familiar with file sharing. Since the downfall of Napster, a snowball effect has led file sharing to grow into an even bigger problem for the government and industry to try and battle.
Since the days of Napster, dozens of other peer-to-peer programs have launched in Napster's place, and more than 30,000 John Doe lawsuits have been filed against alleged file sharers. Under the Copyright Act, fines for each uploaded copyrighted music track can reach $150,000, though most settlements have been for a few thousand dollars.
Article taken from CDFreaks' front page