Monday, December 31, 2007
When the University of Oregon received a subpoena from the RIAA a few months ago, it politely declined to provide the information requested. Instead, a legal team led by the state's Attorney General fired back, on the basis of the right to privacy and with questions about the methods used to acquire information about the students the plaintiffs insisted had violated copyright laws. In the overwhelming majority of these cases, defendants, whether or not they have violated the law, frightened off by the huge amounts of money demanded, settle out of court. In this one, they seem to be spoiling for a fight, backed by a university and the resources of a state government. Read the R.I.A.A.'s response, the University's reply, and the industry's reply. Check out commentary from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.