January 28, 2007

A Surprising Statistic [7:49 pm]

As someone from South Carolina, I wouldn’t have expected this: USC a top pirate among colleges - pdf

“We’re No. 1! We’re No. 1!”

It’s a chant University of South Carolina students can’t say about their football or basketball teams.

But when it comes to online music piracy, USC tops the charts, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

The association has sent 914 notices of copyright infringement to the university this year — the highest number in the state and one of the highest among colleges nationwide — for illegally downloaded songs.

I found the second of these two paragraphs particularly surprising:

RIAA spokeswoman Jenni Engebretsen said copyrighted material is in abundance on USC’s network.

“We target the illegal activity, not individual student populations,” Engebretsen said. “It’s as simple as that.”

Finally:

USC is soliciting bids for legal file-sharing services like Ruckus, which is used by more than 100 colleges nationwide, [Bill] Hogue [USC’s chief information officer] said.

“I didn’t realize we were going to be in the music business.”

“Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!”

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