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Massachusetts students ordered to pay up or face lawsuits for music piracy


The Recording Industry Association of America wants 83 students and staff at several Massachusetts universities to pay $3,000 each or face lawsuits for allegedly downloading music illegally using school computers.

The trade group says the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Boston are among 22 universities in which 403 violations were noted.

The group has identified the unique online address for each computer allegedly used and has asked university officials to identify those involved and order them to pay or face federal lawsuits.

The group also says it has filed lawsuits against 24 students nationwide, including from UMass Amherst, who ignored offers to settle previous claims out of court.

– Associated Press

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