October 17, 2004
Colleges, Universities and the RIAA
Now that we've got a short break from baseball before the Red Sox head into the World Series wanted to get something out that's been on my mind. A few articles came across my news reader over a very short period of time and thought it worthy of note:
- September 30th, 2004, RIAA files 762 lawsuits, against college students.
- University of Virginia committee finds students aren't interested in an on-campus music service.
- Syracuse University gets 25 letters a month from the RIAA. The student's online access is blocked until the student comes into the office, hears a lecture on illegal music and signs an RIAA form stating they will not download any more music illegally.
- Georgetown University requires students to take DCMA and Fair Use exam.
- U of North Carolina schools trying iTunes, Ruckus, Cdigix and Rhapsody and hoping to have something for the North Carolina University system in the spring.
In addition to my recorded thoughts, one other thought I had on this was about the RIAA's power. The RIAA really is just a representative of member record labels. When we talk about using indie music we're really talking about non-RIAA music. The list of 994 labels that are members serves as a good resource if you're really wanting to check if something falls under their umbrella.
Posted by mike at October 17, 2004 6:49 PM