RIAA Suing Over 400 College Student Internet2 Users for Piracy
The RIAA and MPAA have new targets in University students using the Internet2 network to download rights protected material such as music and videos. Internet2 is a non-profit group led by over 200 US universities and a number of corporate partners from the networking and technology business, including AT&T, Intel, Sun Microsystems, and Cisco.
With Internet2 one can download a copy of “Rock n’Roll Frankenstein” or “Empire Strikes Back” in about 30 seconds. Try to download that same file with an average dial up service or some broadbands, and you’re looking at 4-6 hours of download time.
Perhaps the lethal mix of media hungry college students and super fast Internet download speeds was a trainwreck waiting to happen. Regardless, the RIAA and MPAA must have been drooling at the mouths to see that they can now unleash their legal claws on the hundreds of students that the RIAA and MPAA claim are using the Internet2 for downloading and sharing unauthorized data – music and movies.
TechWhack reports : The Recording Industry Association of America alone has sued around 405 students for this offence. Motion Picture Association of America on the other hand has not released the number from their side. Their claim is that the students have been sharing data worth around 99 terabytes in one single day, which is good enough to store enough number of movies to start a digital music library.
RIAA president Cary Sherman defends the move; “Internet2 is increasingly becoming the network of choice for students looking to steal songs and other copyrighted works on a massive scale.”