Say That Again

by Mike Masnick

University Of Maine To RIAA: We're Not Here To Serve Your Legal Complaints

from the we're-not-here-for-your-sake dept

Following the lead of places like the Universities of Wisconsin and Nebraska, the University of Maine has apparently decided it has better things to do than to act as the RIAA's messenger (via Ray Beckerman) when it comes to the "pre-settlement" offers it's pushing on students. The university will not forward the letters on to students, with a spokesperson saying: "It's not the university's role to, in effect, serve papers on our students for another party." It will, however, let students know that such letters have been sent, leaving it up to them if they want to see them. The spokesperson also notes that the RIAA appears to be asking the university to violate the law in handing over information: "The only way the RIAA can get that information is if the RIAA takes us to court to get those names." Someone should suggest to the university that it should borrow the University of Nebraska's plan to charge the RIAA for wasting employees' time with the requests.

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  1. identicon
    teknosapien, Mar 28th, 2007 @ 4:58pm


    IT seems as though the tide is turning -- maybe , a little

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  2. identicon
    Anonymous Poster, Mar 28th, 2007 @ 5:07pm

    And yet another "little guy" (okay, maybe a university's not so little, but you get my point!) stands up to the big bully that is the RIAA.

    I think the RIAA might be starting to figure out, slowly, that the whole "sue your customers into being customers again" approach just isn't working on every conceivable level.

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  3. identicon
    Ryan, Mar 28th, 2007 @ 5:52pm

    With every new victory...

    comes the chance for another. The last few things I've heard about the RIAA have been losses for them. They will not win this war.

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  4. identicon
    Erv, Mar 28th, 2007 @ 6:37pm

    Turn out the lights
    The party's over
    They say that
    All bad things must end
    Call it tonight
    The party's over

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  5. identicon
    Mr Textbooks, Mar 29th, 2007 @ 6:49am

    Just Curious

    Is all music automatically part of the RIAA, or is it something a musician joins? Doesn't it seem like if it were voluntary we'd see some publicly non-RIAA artists out there?

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  6. identicon
    Dewy, Mar 29th, 2007 @ 7:11am


    The RIAA is a group that represents a large part of the recording industry. They do not represent all music, nor all recorded music. is a good site to find out if a particular artist is represented by the RIAA. is their site actually showing their membership.

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  7. identicon
    Ancient Meat, Mar 31st, 2007 @ 8:38am

    Creative Commons is FREE!

    The Creative Commons license is FREE, and you should see the thousands of artists works thus unrestricted by the mafRIAA

    yeah, you do the search. Or, you could pay me for the URLs.

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  8. identicon
    Jesus Christ, Mar 31st, 2007 @ 9:41am

    My children...

    The RIAA's goal is to make products that you buy suck so that you remain unsatisifed, filled with jealousy and lust, unenlightened, and continue to buy crappy music about buying products, large wheels that spin, and beating women. The RIAA wants you to think either that this music will teach you how to be a tough criminally insane alpha male, or a woman that likes to dry hump in public. If they sell music that isn't this, it's just another step they've made to get you to this. They want you to buy this music, it's easy for them to make. It doesn't require any creative and artistic talent. So, they can probably sell you over 9000 of these albums a year. Also, this music doesn't inspire computer use, because that's for evil nerds that d/l music.

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