tripod--illegal downloading

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Illegal downloading of music has increased on campus, instigating roughly 5 complaints per week, the Tripod has learned. Such complaints have been filed by a variety of prominent companies within the music and movie industries. “The complaints come from the RIAA [Recording Industry Association of America], Paramount, Sony, MPAA [Movie Picture Association of America], and a variety of software companies,” stated Bryan Adams of the Computing Center. The network from which students download belongs to Trinity, but complaints are directed at the “operator of the computer engaged in the distribution of copyrighted material,” said Adams, “and in the past this has only involved students.” If a complaint develops into a suit, Trinity plays no role. “Trinity College has never been accused of anything and does not arrange representation for the accused,” Adams noted, and Trinity’s status as an educational institution grants no amnesty to offenders, “as there is no excuse for willful disregard of the rights of others.” The suits often result in settlement: “settlements are steep: fines on illegal
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