Top 25 Universities in Piracy

Using new software tools the RIAA has released a new top 25 list for Universities around the nation, the top 25 in Piracy. According to the RIAA, they have sent out over 14,500 infringement notices during the 2006-2007 school year, nearly triple the number sent during the previous year. But, this could be because of the better tools, and not because three times as many people are downloading music. Now, this list is just notices sent, they aren’t measuring exactly how many songs are being downloaded, etc, just the total number of infringement notices they have sent to the Universities.

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.

Without further ado, the list:

Ohio University – 1,287
Purdue University – 1,068
University of Nebraska at Lincoln – 1,002
University of Tennessee at Knoxville – 959
University of South Carolina – 914
University of Massachusetts at Amherst – 897
Michigan State University – 753
Howard University – 572
North Carolina State University – 550
University of Wisconsin at Madison – 513
University of South Florida – 490
Syracuse University – 488
Northern Illinois University – 487
University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire – 473
Boston University – 470
Northern Michigan University – 457
Kent State University – 424
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor – 400
University of Texas at Austin – 371
North Dakota State University – 360
Indiana University – 353
Western Kentucky University – 353
Seton Hall University – 338
Arizona State University – 336
Marshall University – 331 Source: Forget party schools: The RIAA lists the top piracy schools in the US

It’s good to see one of our local universities in the top 25 again, but this is the wrong list to be on. If ANY of these Universities would like to talk about hardware that can easily detect and block file sharing programs, email me at webmaster at and I can put you in contact with a vendor who will let you try one of their devices out. This device will stop it without any latency because it does not go inline with your routers, it just needs to see all of the traffic through a span port on your switch to be able to block it.

Under federal law, universities that receive complaints about students illegally distributing copyrighted songs generally must act to stop repeat offenders or else the schools can be sued. The entertainment industry typically can identify a student only by his or her numerical Internet address and must rely on the school to correlate that information with its own records to trace a person’s identity. Source: Music industry cracks down on colleges

This makes Purdue’s stand seem ill advised, as they do not normally notify offenders that have received a complaint from the RIAA, they say it is too much trouble to find them. They also say, our students aren’t repeat offenders, I wonder how they know that, but they don’t know which users are doing it. Curious. Maybe all of the students there just know better after their first download and stop doing it, but, wouldn’t that mean they would stop receiving complaints as well? I would like to hear more from them on how it is too much trouble to track, but they know their students are not repeat offenders.