Your sentence is in the mail
Written by Bwog Staff
Have you gotten your letter yet?
Spec reported on Friday that 20 Columbia students have recieved missives (PDF here) from the Recording Industry Association of America, which recently sent out over 400 to college students across the nation (Boston University received the most, with 50). They’re not notices, exactly, but rather warnings: settle now, or we’ll sue you later (in twenty days, to be exact). They’ve even set up a helpful site where you can pay your fine in advance.
Columbia isn’t exactly in league with the RIAA, but they’re definitely not taking a principled stand, either. The RIAA only knows you’re downloading through your IP address, and depends on the University to forward you a letter threatening legal action (at $750 per song). So far, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is the only school telling them to take their letters and shove off. Columbia sends students a list of attorneys they can hire, and sets up Ruckus, which half of us can’t use (Macs 4Eva!!!).
What’s a student got to do to get her groove on?