Campus Police Seize Student’s Computer for Copyright Violations
C ampus police at Oklahoma State University confiscated a student’s computer over allegations from the recording industry that it was used to distribute copyright material.
Everett Eaton, director of public safety at Oklahoma State, says that police seized a computer from a 19-year-old male student’s room last month. Earlier that day, the Recording Industry Association of America had notified the school about the alleged distributions.
Copyright infringement can be a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the number of infractions.
The recording industry has sued a number of companies for allegedly infringing copyrights through the distribution of music on the Internet, most notably Redwood City-based Napster and MP3.com.
Seized were a monitor, keyboard, two CD recorders, a scanner and a printer. Police alleged that the student allowed visitors to download music files and some movies through an FTP server site, Eaton says. The case is still under investigation.
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