RIAA Offers 'Deal' to College File-Sharers
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
Our business news starts with a deal college students should not refuse. A recording industry suit has threatened college students hundreds of thousands of dollars for illegally sharing music on the Internet. But the group says it's willing to download a smaller chunk of the violators' wallets.
The Recording Industry Association of America told one student at Ohio University that she was liable for nearly $600,000 in fines for distributing copyrighted songs on the Web. In many cases, the RIAA is offering to drop its lawsuit for as little as $3,000.
The association is sending letters to students at universities across the country, urging them to settle now or pay even more later. Currently the fine is $750 for each illegal song.
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio.