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Hollywood to university: Crack down on file sharing
Hollywood film industry sends letter to Haifa University asking that tough legal action be taken against a student suspected of violating copyright laws

Hollywood media giant NBC Universal sent a letter to the University of Haifa asking legal action be taken against a student who used the university's internet network to download a film whose copyrights it owns.

 

The letter includes IP details of the student who downloaded a copy of Universal copyrighted film via a file-sharing network.

 

NBC Universal said it will not press charges against the university for the time being, citing its belief that the University of Haifa will take "appropriate action."

 

The University sent a letter to the student mentioned in the letter warning that his actions contravene Israeli and international law.

 

"As can be seen in the attached complaint, an illegal posting/delivery of material protect by copyrights of NBC Universal was performed from your personal computer," the letter read.

 

The student told Ynet he will stop doing "what they claim I did in the letter I received."

 

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has sent over 40,000 letters to hundreds of universities in the United States demanding action be taken to prevent the circulation of copyrighted material through their networks.

 

In a bid to avoid legal action, some universities set up filters to block entry to file-sharing networks for their internet users.

 

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