With the increasing amount of flask from their attacks on a residential basis, the music industry has decided to focus their ire on a more populated sector. Where can you find a lot of young people, most if not all with Internet-connected computers? Colleges, of course, and the RIAA, among other companies, has begun targeting students on a wide scale. By filing huge numbers of complaints with the Universities that house these students, including complaints for things so minor as sharing a single mp3, they hope to scare people straight:
A few schools — Ohio University and Purdue University are at the top of the list — already have received more than 1,000 complaints accusing individual students since last fall. For students who are caught, punishments can vary from e-mail warnings to semester-long suspensions from classes.
But will this put a stop to any of it? One particular student who did receive a complaint says it was scary, but didn't stop him from doing it again – and probably doesn't stop anyone else either. In total, the RIAA has filed nearly 15,000 complaints at only 25 schools. The schools take it seriously, too, going so far as to suspend students that continue to pirate.
Other schools, however, don't particularly care – and will not warn their students at all, because of how much extra work it is for such minor offenses. Something Perdue, for instance, sees as not their job:
"In a sense, the (complaint) letter is asking us to pursue an investigation and as the service provider we don't see that as our role," spokesman Steve Tally said. "We are a leading technology school with thousands and thousands of curious and talented technology students."
Now the RIAA is asking schools to do their dirty work. Interesting.