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Monday, 12 May, 2003
The RIAA Apologizes With a T-Shirt
From CNET: RIAA apologizes for threatening letter.
The Recording Industry Association of America apologized Monday to Penn State University for sending an incorrect legal notice of alleged Internet copyright violations.
Last Thursday, the RIAA sent a stiff copyright warning to Penn State's department of astronomy and astrophysics. Department officials at first were puzzled, because the notification invoked the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and alleged that one of its FTP sites was unlawfully distributing songs by the musician Usher. The letter demanded that the department "remove the site" and delete the infringing sound files.
As it turns out, a professor named Peter Usher had a copy of song performed by a bunch of science geeks. The combination of "usher" and "mp3" is what triggered the letter.
So let that be a lesson. The RIAA has robots crawling through cyberspace. You could be the next to receive a letter from these idiots.
Here's the best part:
By way of additional apology, the RIAA said it will send Peter Usher an Usher CD and T-shirt "in appreciation of his understanding."