U. of Kansas Will Not Forward RIAA Letters

The University of Kansas recently stiffened its policy for dealing with students caught downloading movies or music. But that doesn’t mean the institution is getting especially chummy with the Recording Industry Association of America, as an article in The University Daily Kansan points out.

Kansas officials told the student newspaper that they will not heed the recording industry’s request to pass pre-litigation notices on to 14 students accused of music piracy. Many institutions have forwarded the letters — which offer students a chance to settle file-sharing claims out of court at discounted rates — but some have declined to do so, citing concerns over students’ privacy.

“My understanding is that the university’s best-practices viewpoint is to protect its students and show compliance to the rules,” said Todd Cohen, a university spokesman, “but not to act as a legal agent.” —Brock Read

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