By: Rizoh

      The RIAA is back at it again. As part of their education and deterrence campaign, the RIAA has unleashed a new batch 503 pre-litigation settlement letters to 58 universities on throughout the United States. As the title suggests, pre-litigation settlement gives students accused of illegal file sharing an opportunity to resolve the dispute before an official lawsuit is filed. Students have the option of settling the claims at an agreed rate before the issue goes to court.

 

Universities contacted by the RIAA include: Duke University, Boston University, University of Tennessee – Knoxville, North Carolina State University, University of Maine System, Columbia University, University of California–Los Angeles, University of Texas at Austin, Boston College, Carleton College, Georgetown University, Indiana State University, Marshall University, New York University, Tulane University, University of Virginia, Bethel University, California State University—Fresno, California State University, Sacramento, Colgate University, Emory University, Loyola University Chicago; University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; University of Illinois at Chicago; University of Mississippi, Allegheny College, Gettysburg College; Lehigh University; Seton Hall University, University of Kentucky, Washington University; Bryn Mawr College; Bucknell University, California State University, Chico; Creighton University; Florida Institute of Technology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Rice University; Texas A&M University, University of Florida, University of Notre Dame, Bowdoin College, Haverford College, Mt. Saint Mary College, Pepperdine University, San Jose State University, Smith College, Trinity College; University of Minnesota – Duluth, American University, California State University, Stanislaus; San Diego State University; University of Hawaii, Villanova University, Swarthmore College, Virginia Military Institute, Wellesley College, and Oberlin College.



Since February 2007, the RIAA has sent an estimated 2,926 pre-litigation settlement letters to universities across the country.