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EFF on College Student Settlements

May 1, 2003

EFF on College Student Settlements

The Wall Street Journal reports that all four of the college students recently sued by the RIAA have settled their actions, agreeing to pay between $12,000 and $17,500 each without admitting any wrongdoing. The students allegedly maintained "index servers" that allowed students to search on-campus local area networks (LANs) for music files.

"Does anyone think that suing college students is going to solve the file-sharing dilemma, especially when Windows XP now includes the very same tools that these students are being sued for running?" said Fred von Lohmann, senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "We should be talking about how to get artists compensated, not how to terrorize college students."

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