To: Parents of Assumption College Undergraduate Students
College students and other individuals from across the country are being threatened with lawsuits for copyright infringement (illegal computer file sharing) by attorneys representing clients who produce commercial (for sale) videos. These videos, and attendant lawsuits, seem to be originating primarily from the adult film industry. It is our understanding that these firms employ specialized “trolling” software to identify computer IP addresses that they suspect of having engaged in facilitating copyright theft of their intellectual property.
You may be familiar with similar lawsuits regarding copyright infringement brought by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) several years ago. In these cases, individual students from colleges and universities across America were accused of illegally downloading copyrighted music, and if they failed to enter into a non-negotiable settlement with the RIAA, the RIAA took these students to Court. Settlements ranged, in most cases, from a few thousand dollars to several thousand dollars, some cases settled for much more depending on the number of songs that had been illegally downloaded on that particular computer.
To date, Assumption College has received just one such complaint letter regarding a student illegally downloading a copyrighted video. However, we expect that we will receive more such complaints in the near future.
The purpose of this letter is to inform you about this copyright infringement issue, and to ask you to speak with your son or daughter about the seriousness of the issue and to advise them that students are in fact being sued for damages resulting from their computer being involved in the illegal file sharing of video files.
Assumption College will continue to make students aware of the possible heavy financial consequences of illegally downloading both music and video files, and for using one’s computer to facilitate illegal file sharing. However, we need your help in alerting your student to this situation. We ask that you focus your conversation with your student on the following:
- The unauthorized downloading of music files;
- The unauthorized downloading of video files;
- The use of your student’s computer as a file sharing device for illegally uploading music files and/or video files.
Below you will find some links to websites that are instructive regarding this issue. Thank you for your help with this important matter.
Michael H. Rubino