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by Mike Masnick




RIAA Tells Universities To Shut Up And Hand Over Names

from the you-will-respect-Hollywood's-authoriTY dept

Following the news that MIT, Boston College and a few other universities were refusing to give up their student's private info requested in the now infamous file sharing subpoenas, the RIAA has done what they always do: sent their lawyers crying to a judge. They've asked a judge to order the universities to violate the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act and just give up the names. The universities have made it clear that they have no problem revealing this info, as long as it is done in a procedurally correct way that gives the students a reasonable amount of time to respond. The RIAA couldn't care less about due process, though, and wants to be able to sue as fast as possible. Update: The judge has sided with MIT and Boston College. The court ruled that, as MIT and BC stated, the RIAA had filed the subpoenas via the wrong court, and they were being sent to schools outside the court's jurisdiction. Thus, MIT and Boston College don't need to respond to those subpoenas. What the article doesn't say was how this relates to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, which both universities were also saying conflicted with the subpoenas. As it stands now, the RIAA will simply refile the subpoenas in the local court, instead of the Washington DC court.

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    English Grammar, 8 Aug 2003 @ 1:41pm

    It's COULDN'T care less not COULD!

    Think about it - if you COULD care less, that means that you care to some degree.

    If you COULDN'T care less, then you don't care at all, which is what you meant.

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      Mike, 8 Aug 2003 @ 1:57pm

      Re: It's COULDN'T care less not COULD!

      Argh. Dammit. You're right. I usually am very careful about that. Fixing now. Thanks for pointing it out.

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        bastard sam, 8 Aug 2003 @ 2:10pm

        Re: It's COULDN'T care less not COULD!

        I could care less about how much they care. I find it careless.

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          Anonymous Coward, 8 Aug 2003 @ 3:13pm

          Re: It's COULDN'T care less not COULD!

          "Couldn't care less" means they might not care at all; lowest level or care, which is no care at all. It implies either you are at care==0 or you are incapable (for some reason) with caring any less than the given level. I take the former and Mike's statement is correct.

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    Bob Bechtel, 9 Aug 2003 @ 4:36am

    Meta-comment

    Fascinating that there are more comments on this than the average techdirt article draws -- and that they all concern a stylistic quibble, rather than the subject of the article. (For the record, I come down on the side of "couldn't care less"...)

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