May 30, 2007 | By Hugh D'Andrade

UM Student-Musician on the RIAA?s Strong Arm Tactics

Check out Jacob Loeb's excellent editorial railing against the RIAA's misguided student shakedown campaign. A student at the University of Maine and a drummer in a local band, Loeb does a great job of articulating the problem and suggesting solutions.

The RIAA?s campaign against college students ? who spend billions on music and movie content each year ? raises serious questions about whether lawsuits are the best way to address concerns about piracy. Commercial piracy is against the law and it is wrong. But instead of educating consumers and providing students with the digital content they want, thus reducing demand for pirated content, the RIAA tries to bully its way onto college campuses, and the University of Maine admirably refused to play along. The university has said it will notify students of the ["pre-litigation"] letters [sent to alleged filesharers], but will not serve as an agent of the RIAA by actively serving their legal papers to its students.

The University of Maine is among several schools that are resisting the RIAA?s strong-arm tactics. Take action to support an end to the P2P lawsuits, and read our "pre-litigation" letter FAQ for students.

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