From Slyck News
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), on behalf of the major record companies, today sent 400 pre-litigation settlement letters to 13 different universities. Each letter informs the school of a forthcoming copyright infringement lawsuit against one of its students or personnel. The RIAA will request that universities forward those letters to the appropriate network user. Under this new approach, a student (or other network user) can settle the record company claims against him or her at a discounted rate before a lawsuit is ever filed.
Pre-litigation? Students can settle at a discount rate? Did Tony Soprano think this up? Nice little education you have going here, we wouldn't want anything to happen to it, would we? People who call them the MafIAA don't seem far from wrong. This sounds like a simple pay-off scheme. They know most students, whether they have shared files or not, can not afford to fight the RIAA in court and will have to settle.