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Students to begin receiving RIAA letters today

ATHENS, Ohio (March 6, 2007) -- Today, Ohio University will begin forwarding RIAA prelitigation letters to individuals who are linked with IP addresses that the Recording Industry Association of America says are involved in illegal file sharing.

Residence Life staff will hand deliver the letters to students on campus and send a copy to the student's permanent address. Off-campus students (who were targeted for using an on-campus wireless connection to allegedly share materials illegally) will receive letters in overnight mail.

Students receiving letters will be invited to information sessions this week. They also may e-mail Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Richard Carpinelli (carpinel@ohio.edu) or call him at 740-593-2580 during office hours. The Center for Student Legal Services (740-594-8093) can offer help and support with RIAA prelitigation cases.

"Student leaders and others have offered great input and perspective throughout the whole process, which has had to happen very quickly," Carpinelli said.

Ohio University is not releasing names of the individuals to RIAA or any other source. Students who receive the letters will have the opportunity to decide whether they settle immediately with RIAA at what the industry association is calling a discounted rate. RIAA has said it will initiate "John Doe" lawsuits for any IP address owner who does not settle. It will then request a court order that forces Ohio University to turn over the name associated with that IP address. 

For further information, visit www.ohio.edu/students/.

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Media ContactAssociate Vice President for Student Affairs Richard Carpinelli, carpinel@ohio.edu or 740-593-2580

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