The RIAA recently named the top 25 music-pirating schools in the country, an act that involved sending over 14,500 copyright infringement notices (so far) during the 2006-2007 school year. This was nearly triple the number of notices sent during the 2005-2006 school year, according to the RIAA. The group says, however, that they are taking advantage of new software tools to improve the tracking of illegal file sharing, which may be part of the reason why the numbers have skyrocketed.
The list, and something rather surprising, after the jump.
- Ohio University – 1,287
- Purdue University – 1,068
- University of Nebraska at Lincoln – 1,002
- University of Tennessee at Knoxville – 959
- University of South Carolina – 914
- University of Massachusetts at Amherst – 897
- Michigan State University – 753
- Howard University – 572
- North Carolina State University – 550
- University of Wisconsin at Madison – 513
- University of South Florida – 490
- Syracuse University – 488
- Northern Illinois University – 487
- University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire – 473
- Boston University – 470
- Northern Michigan University – 457
- Kent State University – 424
- University of Michigan at Ann Arbor – 400
- University of Texas at Austin – 371
- North Dakota State University – 360
- Indiana University – 353
- Western Kentucky University – 353
- Seton Hall University – 338
- Arizona State University – 336
- Marshall University – 331
Notice something interesting?
Is that because their students are better at masking their activities (one commenter on Digg noted that “…geek schools like MIT, UC Berkeley, or Cal Tech aren’t on the list…” and commenters on Engadget thread mentioned software like PeerGuardian and SafePeer) or is the RIAA specifically targeting schools that are in the proverbial Heartland?
(Image courtesy of The Salacious Historian’s Lair.)