Tough luck for college students…the RIAA runs out of money, decides to quit pursuing everyone and goes after the kids:
Marking a shift in its efforts to clamp down on illegal file sharing, the group representing the U.S. music industry says it will only bring lawsuits against college students who are the most egregious violators of music copyrights–but higher-education officials still will be expected to block students’ internet access if they use campus networks illegally.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on Dec. 19 said it has abandoned its policy of suing people for sharing songs protected by copyrights and instead will work with schools and other internet service providers to cut abusers’ access if they ignore repeated warnings against file sharing…Because of high legal costs for defenders, virtually all of those hit with lawsuits have settled, on average for around $3,500.
The RIAA’s legal costs, in the meantime, reportedly have exceeded the settlement money it brought in.
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