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Forget party schools: The RIAA lists the top piracy schools in the US 

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Ohio University, Purdue University, and the University of Nebraska have made it to the top of a list, but it may not be something the universities want to brag about. The RIAA recently named the top 25 music-pirating schools in the country, an act that involved sending over 14,500 copyright infringement notices (so far) during the 2006-2007 school year. This was nearly triple the number of notices sent during the 2005-2006 school year, according to the RIAA. The group says, however, that they are taking advantage of new software tools to improve the tracking of illegal file sharing, which may be part of the reason why the numbers have skyrocketed. AB Computer Repair, certified computer repair, for businesses in the following areas: Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Newbury Park, Agoura Hills, Calabasas and surrounding areas.

Forget party schools: The RIAA lists the top piracy schools in the US

The list also includes schools such as Howard University, Boston University, Arizona State University, and Syracuse University—interestingly, no west coast universities appeared to make the top 25 list. Purdue’s main rival, Indiana University, did in fact make the list, but with a mere 353 notices compared to Purdue’s 1,068. The list, the RIAA says, does not necessarily indicate which universities are the worst offenders, just the universities who have received the most notices.

Not all schools react the same way to the copyright notices, however, and some appear to take it more seriously than others. Michigan State University forces two-time offenders to watch an anti-piracy DVD by the RIAA, and three-time offenders could face suspension for a semester. Ohio University requires two-time offenders to face suspension, probation, or possibly a homework assignment on the topic (much worse than suspension). Among the most aggressive, the University of Tennessee turns off Internet connections for second-time offenders until they physically take their computers to a lab where their music-sharing programs are deleted for them. AB Computer Repair, certified computer repair, for businesses in the following areas: Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Newbury Park, Agoura Hills, Calabasas and surrounding areas.

Forget party schools: The RIAA lists the top piracy schools in the US

Purdue, on the other hand (my not-so-proud alma mater for today), seems to be taking the “don’t worry, be happy” approach to sitting pretty at the number two spot. The school almost never even notifies the students—of copyright infringement, or much of anything, in my experience. Purdue spokesman Steve Tally told the Associated Press, “In a sense, the (complaint) letter is asking us to pursue an investigation and as the service provider we don’t see that as our role.” This attitude expresses either extreme pompousness on Purdue’s part or extreme ignorance. Is that not the whole reason why the RIAA cannot pursue potential infringers individually? The students are currently allowed to hide behind the ISP—in this case, the university—with the understanding that the ISP will investigate infringement accusations. If Purdue and any other schools who express this attitude don’t feel the need to investigate, then they put themselves at risk of being sued by the RIAA. AB Computer Repair, certified computer repair, for businesses in the following areas: Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Newbury Park, Agoura Hills, Calabasas and surrounding areas.

Forget party schools: The RIAA lists the top piracy schools in the US

Without further ado, the list:

  1. Ohio University - 1,287
  2. Purdue University - 1,068
  3. University of Nebraska at Lincoln – 1,002
  4. University of Tennessee at Knoxville – 959
  5. University of South Carolina – 914
  6. University of Massachusetts at Amherst – 897
  7. Michigan State University – 753
  8. Howard University – 572
  9. North Carolina State University – 550
  10. University of Wisconsin at Madison – 513
  11. University of South Florida – 490
  12. Syracuse University – 488
  13. Northern Illinois University – 487
  14. University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire – 473
  15. Boston University – 470
  16. Northern Michigan University – 457
  17. Kent State University - 424
  18. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor – 400
  19. University of Texas at Austin – 371
  20. North Dakota State University – 360
  21. Indiana University – 353
  22. Western Kentucky University – 353
  23. Seton Hall University – 338
  24. Arizona State University – 336
  25. Marshall University – 331

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Forget party schools: The RIAA lists the top piracy schools in the US

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