FC: RIAA vs. Naval Academy: Cadets' PCs seized, courts martial next?

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Sun Nov 24 2002 - 19:11:54 PST

  • Next message: Declan McCullagh: "FC: Weekly column: Is it time for a GeekPAC?"

    From: [deleted per request]
    To: <declanat_private>
    Subject: For FC:  Naval Academy seizes computers from 100 mids
    Date: Sun, 24 Nov 2002 18:32:57 -0500
    Here's an item many on the list will find interesting.
    Academy seizes computers from nearly 100 mids
    By JESSICA R. TOWHEY, Staff Writer
    Officials at the Naval Academy have seized nearly 100 midshipmen's
    computers that allegedly contained illegally downloaded music and
    movies, sources said.
    The raid occurred Thursday while students were in class, and a source
    familiar with the investigation said the computers were being held by
    the administration.
    Cmdr. Bill Spann, academy spokesman, confirmed that an investigation
    into what material is on the computers is under way, but declined
    further comment.
    He did say punishment for illegally possessing copyrighted material
    ranges from a court-martial to loss of leave and other restrictions.
    Computers are given to each midshipman upon entering the academy. During
    their four years at the school, mids pay back the value of the computers
    through deductions from their monthly paychecks.
    Amanda Collins, a spokesman for the Recording Industry Association of
    America, said yesterday that the Naval Academy was among the colleges
    and universities around the country that were sent two letters from
    entertainment industry and educational associations asking them to
    address Internet piracy and establish policies against it.
    POLITECH -- Declan McCullagh's politics and technology mailing list
    You may redistribute this message freely if you include this notice.
    To subscribe to Politech: http://www.politechbot.com/info/subscribe.html
    This message is archived at http://www.politechbot.com/
    Declan McCullagh's photographs are at http://www.mccullagh.org/
    Like Politech? Make a donation here: http://www.politechbot.com/donate/
    Recent CNET News.com articles: http://news.search.com/search?q=declan

    This archive was generated by hypermail 2b30 : Sun Nov 24 2002 - 22:20:21 PST