RIAA gets jiggy with US student campuses

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) seems to be getting hot and bothered once again about file-sharing at US universities. The association has announced that it has sent a `third wave' of 413 pre-litigation settlement letters to 22 universities across the US.

The move stems from a new set of deterrence and education initiatives dating from February of this year, which the association says "focused on illegal file trafficking on college campuses."

Apparently each pre-litigation settlement letter informs the educational establishment of a forthcoming copyright infringement suit against one of its staff or students and requests that the university's administrators forward that letter on to the appropriate network user.

The big question, of course, is whether the RIAA will take legal action against the university or student concerned.

If the former, it's difficult to see how any prosecution could stick and, if the latter, since most students have little in the way of assets, how the RIAA can hope to recover its costs.

Unless I'm missing something of course...