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April 12, 2005

US recording industry threatens to sue university students

US university students are alleged to have illegally distributed songs and movies across a private network, known as Internet2, which was initially set up to help educators swap academic data at high speeds.

By CBR Staff Writer

According to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), these students have been using a new application called i2hub, created by users of the Internet2 system in an effort to increase its speed capabilities, to share music and film files.

While observers have noted that no immediate action is being taken by the two groups, the RIAA is reportedly trying to sue over 400 anonymous college students in order to subpoena the universities and identify their names. Meanwhile, the MPAA is not disclosing how many lawsuits it intends to issue, but speculation is hinting that strong action will be taken against users of the Internet2 service.

With the music industry is stepping up its own campaign against the wave of illegal downloading of songs across peer-to-peer networks, it seems the war against file sharers is about to get nasty.

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