What if I am Using a College or University Computer?You can still get caught. RIAA has started sending colleges and universities notices of illegal downloads of music by their students. The RIAA can trace the illegal download to individual student accounts on campus and demand the names of these students from the college and university. The RIAA can then sue the individual students for copyright infringement.
What Happens if I Get Caught?The penalty for downloading illegal music is serious, ranging from a minimum fine of $750 per file up to $150,000 for each pirated song. A student who uses a school computer to download the illegal product also is probably in violation of school policy and may be subject to academic disciplinary proceedings.
Do I Need a Lawyer for my Problem with the RIAA?
If you have been subpoenaed by the music industry, an intellectual property lawyer can discuss any defenses you may have available to you.