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Schools urged to curb piracy

Associations send warnings to 40 universities

The movie and recording industries would like college students to unlearn certain computer skills, such as using the campus’s local area network (LAN) to swap files illegally.

Hence, the Motion Picture of Assn. and the Recording Industry Assn. of America sent letters on Thursday to 40 university presidents in 25 states, decrying college LAN piracy and urging administrators to take action immediately.

According to the MPAA and RIAA, most illegal swapping occurs over the public Internet via peer-to-peer systems, but use of internal LANs has been increasing because students think it is safer for such activity. Favorite LAN programs include Direct Connect (DC++), MyTunes and OurTunes, the two orgs said.

RIAA has been trying to stop LAN abuse since 2003, when it sued operators of four campus LAN networks at three different schools.

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