Harvard Law School Professor Charles Nesson writes:
The RIAA has already requested that universities serve as conduits for more than 1,200 “pre-litigation letters.” Seeking to outsource its enforcement costs, the RIAA asks universities to point fingers at their students, to filter their Internet access, and to pass along notices of claimed copyright infringement.
But these responses distort the University’s educational mission. They impose financial and non-monetary costs, including compromised student privacy, limited access to genuine educational resources, and restricted opportunities for new creative expression.
With colleges and universities under increasing pressure from the record labels’ lobby, now is the time to push back. The educational mission is a more vital interest to our schools than collaboration with the entertainment industry to prop up their obsolete revenue model.