The RIAA's First Hurdle

Boston College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last week evinced the first signs of opposition to RIAA scaremongering. Over the past 3 months, the Recording Industry Association of America has issued 871 subpoenas demanding information from several major tertiary institutions about the use of file sharing P2P applications on their local area networks.

Previously collected data has been used to serve hefty penalties to persons found sharing copyrighted material. Convicted users could face damages suits of up to $150,000 USD for breaching US copyright law. With 75 new subpoenas being issued daily, this spells big bucks for the RIAA.

However, the constitutional validity of the subpoenas is being questioned by SBC Communications Inc in an action filed on Wednesday.