RIAA: Fewer DCMA Notices To Illegal Song Traders Proves We're Having an Effect
Recording Institute Aassociation of America spokesperson Jonathan Lamy emails the Los Angeles Times with a statistical breakdown attesting that because of RIAA enforcement and education efforts, the number of DCMA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) notices being received by the most-served U.S. colleges at this point in the acemic year last year has declned significantly thus far this academic calendar year.
This is a ranking of schools receiving the most DMCA notices a year ago. We think the notices are a pretty good indicator of the extent of piracy on a campus: completely objective -- we are simply crawling the Internet and whatever we find, a notice is sent to the school. Because of these notices, because of the pre-lawsuit letters, because of the focus of Congress on these issues, many schools taken rigorous steps to discourage students from visiting illegal sites. Look at the notice reduction column during the past year. That means that many fewer incidences of piracy found on those campus networks, which used to have the most prolific incidences of piracy. That, I think, is pretty compelling and a different way of looking at the impact of our collective efforts.
Important to note that the rate of DCMA notices are not down overall, just among the baddest of the bad campuses in terms of last year's DCMA letters.
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