Several sources including this Boston Globe article are reporting that the RIAA will file suit later today (Wednesday) against students using the superfast Internet2--a network created to support research--to swap copyrighted songs. Snippets:
The super-fast "Internet2" network that connects universities researching the next-generation Internet is also apparently popular among college students who download pirated music and movies.
Entertainment groups said Tuesday they intend to sue hundreds of students accused of illegally distributing copyrighted songs and films across college campuses using the private research network, which boasts speeds hundreds of times faster than the Internet.
The Recording Industry Association of America, the trade group for the largest labels, said it will file federal lawsuits Wednesday against 405 students at 18 colleges with access to the Internet2 network. The Motion Picture Association of America said it will file an unspecified number of lawsuits against Internet2 users.
The recording industry said it found evidence of more illegal activity at 140 more schools in 41 states and sent warning letters to university presidents.
The RIAA declined to explain how it could detect piracy over Internet2 except to say it acted lawfully. Internet2's corporate members include Warner Brothers Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., a leading music label.
Even Internet2 officials said they were unaware how the entertainment companies traced the purportedly illegal activity on their network.
"They haven't shared with us," Van Houweling said. "We have provided no special access to any of those organizations that would enable them in some nonstandard way to gain access to this information."
The RIAA said the 18 schools include Boston University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Drexel University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, New York University, Ohio State University, Princeton University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of California-San Diego, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Southern California.